Specialty Care Services
VA Medical Centers Designated for Surgical Complexity
The Department of Veterans Affairs has established new measures to ensure all inpatient surgeries are performed under the safest possible conditions at facilities with the resources to support them. VA assigned each of its medical centers an inpatient "surgical complexity" level.
The national program directors and chiefs for each area under SCS report directly to the SCS Chief Consultant. Examples of these National Programs are: Eye Care, Nutrition, Oncology, Diabetes, Renal Diseases, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases, Podiatry, Pain Management, Anesthesia, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, and Chaplain Services.More Information
Provides consultation, guidance and policy for anesthesiology services at VA medical centers. In addition, Anesthesia Services collaborates on pain management issues.
Specialty Care Services (SCS) is composed of a number of components that are designed to ensure that the best overall preventive, clinical, spiritual and religious, and nutritional care is made available to the veteran patient.
The national program directors and chiefs for each area under SCS report directly to the SCS Chief Consultant. Examples of these National Programs are: Eye Care, Nutrition, Oncology, Diabetes, Renal Diseases, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases, Surgery, Podiatry, Pain Management, Solid Organ and Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplantation, Anesthesia, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, and Chaplain Services.More Information
Information on the Cardiology site consists of links on acute coronary syndromes, downloadable educational materials, and news articles on new drugs, studies and procedures.
VA chaplains are empowered to meet the spiritual healthcare needs of veterans.
Diabetes management programs are preventive in nature with the goal of keeping blood glucose levels as close to a normal range through diet and exercise.
Infectious Disease provides information and assistance in dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases and infections.
MRSA provides coordination and oversight for the implementation and maintenance of the VHA MRSA Infection Prevention Initiative.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system, brain and spinal cord. It can cause problems with muscle control, strength, vision, balance, feeling and thinking. The VA has two Centers of Excellence that provide rehabilitative services, patient education and participate in related research.More Information
The mission of Neurology service is to provide excellence in clinical care research, patient and family education on neurological disorders.
Nutrition and Food Services provide nutrition information. Nutrition and Food Services collaborate with other programs such as the Diabetic Educators and MOVE! To educate veterans on the value of proper nourishment.
The Oncology site has many links on the diagnosis and treatment of many different cancers. In addition, it contains information on research and the latest practices.
Ophthalmology and Optometry collaborate to provide integrated eye care services to veterans and to help maximize their visual quality of life.
Parkinson's Disease (PD) Research Educational and Clinical Center (PADRECCs) provide care to and educate veterans with PD. In addition, they lead VA's research efforts in their area.
Pain Management facilitates effective pain management for veterans. PM has many links to provides information on the sources and treatment of pain.
Podiatry Services treats the foot and ankle and collaborates with Diabetes Services on many initiatives.