The VA New England Healthcare System (NEHS) is an integrated, comprehensive health care system comprised of eight medical centers located in the six New England states: Togus, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; White River Junction, Vermont; Providence, Rhode Island; VA Connecticut HCS (West Haven and Newington campuses); and Bedford, Boston (Brockton, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury campuses); and Northampton, Massachusetts. In addition, there are over 35 Community Based Outpatient Clinics throughout VA NEHS.
New England is a large geographic area that spans the full spectrum of socioeconomic conditions from dense, urban centers to sparsely populated rural areas. The primary mission of VA NEHS is to provide quality health care and related services to eligible veterans in New England.
Comprehensive care offered by VA NEHS includes primary care, acute medical and surgical care, psychiatric care, long-term care, nursing home care and ambulatory surgery and offer the full range of health care services from basic outpatient care to open heart surgery, radiation therapy, and kidney transplantation.
VA NEHS covers an area with a total veteran population of approximately 1.3 million. VISN 1 employs approximately 10,000 staff. In addition, numerous clinical and administrative trainees assist them in providing care and services. Annually VA NEHS treats more than 240,000 veterans. Each year approximately 2.5 million outpatient visits occur at Medical Centers and community based outpatient clinics throughout the VA New England Healthcare System.
Research and Medical Education are key components of the mission of VA New England Healthcare System. VISN 1 is affiliated with many of the premier medical schools in the world:
- Boston University School of Medicine
- Brown Medical School
- Dartmouth Medical School
- Harvard Medical School
- Tufts University School of Medicine
- University of Connecticut School of Medicine
- University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
- University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine
- University of Vermont School of Medicine
- Yale University School of Medicine
Many other affiliations exist with schools providing education in allied health fields. The VA New England Healthcare System is a leader in VA research to better serve and improve the health of America's veterans. Our medical centers are affiliated with some of the nation's most respected academic medical centers. VA NEHS researchers have made numerous major contributions to medical science. Total research funding awarded to VA NEHS investigators is among the highest in VA.
There are 1084 inpatient beds for acute medical/surgical and mental health, 731 nursing home care beds, and 110 domiciliary beds.
NEHS offers many special programs such as Blind Rehabilitation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Seriously Mentally Ill, Spinal Cord Injury and Substance Abuse.
Clinical Programs of Excellence
Eight programs in the VA New England Healthcare System are 2002 VA Clinical Programs of Excellence. These programs received national recognition for clinical programs that exemplify the best of VA care and stand as world-class leaders in their fields. The programs of excellence are: Cardiac Surgery: VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury campus. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: National Center for PTSD at VA Boston HCS. Renal Dialysis: VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven campus. Seriously Mentally Ill: Errera Community Care Center at VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Seriously Mentally Ill: Mental Health Intensive Care Management (MHICM) program at Bedford VA Medical Center. Seriously Mentally Ill: Community Support Program at VA Boston Healthcare System, Brockton campus. Women Veterans: VA Boston Healthcare System. Substance Abuse: VA Boston Healthcare System.