VA Connecticut Healthcare System, serving an area of more than 200,000 veterans in Connecticut and southern New England, is one of eight members of the VA New England Healthcare System (VISN 1). VA Connecticut is committed to providing veterans the highest quality health care. VA Connecticut offers specialized services in mental health, geriatrics rehabilitation and extended care services, women's health care, primary care, hospice and respite care, pharmacy services, dental care, psychological/pastoral counseling, psycho-social support services, podiatry, prosthetics, same day surgery, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, dialysis and specialized services for diabetics. VA Connecticut is comprised of two campuses located in West Haven and Newington as well as six Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Danbury, New London, Stamford, Waterbury, Winsted and Windham to serve veterans in all parts of the state. The West Haven facility is a tertiary care facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology and a renowned research program. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, acute, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Newington is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. In fiscal year 2009, VA Connecticut provided care to 55,398 veterans.
VA Connecticut is affiliated with many institutions of higher education. The primary affiliations are with the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. In fiscal year 2009, 1522 students received some level of training at VA Connecticut. That figure included 780 medical residents and fellows, 320 medical students and 422 associated health trainees. Additionally, VA Connecticut has clinical and educational affiliations with 174 college and university programs in many fields in the associated health profession.
The VA New England Healthcare System (VISN 1), which includes VA Connecticut, is accredited by the The Joint Commission. VA Connecticut is accredited in the Hospital Accreditation Program, Long Term Care, Behavioral Health, Home Care and Ambulatory Care. VA Connecticut is also accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. The Errera Community Care Center Programs and the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center are accredited by Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Office of Information Technology Compliance survey was conducted in September 2007 and several Best Practices were identified. The Laboratory Service is accredited by College of American Pathologists (CAP).
Research and National Programs
VA Connecticut conducts research in psychiatry, medicine, surgery, neurology and related basic sciences. National Veterans Health Administration programs at VA Connecticut include the following:
- Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center and Clinic
- Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC)
- Coordinating Center for Cooperative Studies Program
- National Virology Reference Laboratory
- National Laboratory for Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases
- Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
- National Center for PTSD
- National Center for Research in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
- VA/Yale Center for Neuroscience and Nerve Regeneration
- Rehabilitation Research Center for Excellence
- Clinical Epidemiology Center
VA Connecticut also has the following specialized program, which is recognized nationally and regionally as the best offered in the Department of Veterans Affairs:
- Single PhotoEmission Computerized Tomography SPECT, which provides state of the art imaging for medical care and research in biology, psychiatry, cardiology and oncology.