Atlanta VA Medical Center
The Atlanta VA Medical Center is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.
The Atlanta VA Medical Center is one of the fastest growing hospitals in the VA. The Atlanta hospital treated 67,321 unique patients and had 681,629 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2008. In 2009, the hospital expects to accommodate 72,500 unique patients up from 57, 350 in 2005.
The Atlanta VA Medical Center is located on 26 acres east of Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia.
The medical center oversees four VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Smyrna (Cobb County); Lawrenceville (Gwinnett County); Oakwood (Hall County); and East Point (South Fulton County), in addition to an outpatient clinic in Decatur, Georgia.
The Atlanta VAMC has 173 authorized inpatient beds and is classified as a Complexity Level 1A tertiary care facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. The Atlanta VAMC is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The Atlanta VAMC is also home to a 100-bed Nursing Home Care Unit (NHCU), which provides extended care rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, and general nursing home care services.
The Atlanta VAMC has a highly active, major research program, and is one of the largest VA research programs in the nation. The program is 1 of 13 national VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Centers, and involves over 600 projects, conducted by more than 140 prinicpal investigators, four of which are prestigious VA Senior Career Scientists, with a total grant funding of more than $29 million from VA and non-VA sources. Projects include studies on the genetics of cancer and diabetes, development of new anti-HIV and anti-hepatitis agents, low vision devices and aids, growth factor interactions in lung development, and bone and mineral endocrinology.
The Atlanta VAMC is co-located with the VA Regional Office and National Cemetery Administration, which has resulted in a strong One-VA collaboration on such important issues as Freedom of Information Act requests for medical records, shared services, training and access to the facilities.
Atlanta VAMC also functions as the Primary Receiving Center in the VA/DoD Contingency Planning Process and as a Federal Coordinating Hospital in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Morehouse School of Medicine
- Affiliation agreements with 35 colleges and universities involving 50 different training programs
- 173 Inpatient Beds
- 100 Nursing Home Care Beds
Type of Facility
- Primary Care
- Tertiary Care
- Long-Term Care
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Ambulatory Surgery
- Audiology Speech Pathology
- Cardiac Catherization and Open Heart Surgery
- Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Comprehensive Thallium Heart Imaging
- Electrophysiological Studies
- Electroconvulsive Therapy
- Gulf War Syndrome Treatment Program
- Homeless Veteran's Program
- Home Based Primary Care
- Intensive Psychiatric Community Care
- Interventional Radiology
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Medical Research Projects
- Mental Health Primary Care
- Prevention, Amputation Care & Treatment (PACT)
- PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) Unit
- Pulmonary Function & Imaging
- Smoking Cessation
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Rehabilitation Research and Development
- Visual Impairment
- Women's Wellness