Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) was established January 1, 1997, from the merger of the Montgomery and Tuskegee VA Medical Centers, which includes community-based outpatient clinics in Dothan, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia. These four CAVHCS sites serve 134,000 veterans in 43 counties in the central and southeastern portions of Alabama and western Georgia. A member of the VA Southeast Network, CAVHCS’ mission is to provide excellent services to veterans across the continuum of healthcare. The East (Tuskegee) and West (Montgomery) campuses are approximately 40 miles apart. The East Campus is located on 170-acres of land situated in a rural setting adjacent to the historic Tuskegee University and Moton Field, home of the Tuskegee Airmen. The West Campus is situated on 52-acres, located in a residential community adjacent to city school property and approximately five miles east of downtown Montgomery.Services include: primary care at all four sites; medical and surgical care; a broad range of mental health programs; geriatrics and extended care, and a homeless domiciliary. Accreditations include the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
CAVHCS' Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service's continuum of care includes initiatives that encompass the "whole person" concept. The Dedicated Alzheimer Dementia Unit allows staff to focus on the special needs of patients with dementia. The Therapeutic Wandering Area, a park-like setting complete with a waterflll, allows patients with dementia access to outside activities with their families. Adoption of the Eden Alternative concept has created a home-like environment utilizing plants, pets and familiarization techniques. CAVHCS is actively pursing opportunities for collaboration and sharing of resources with military partners at Fort Rucker, Alabama; Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; and Fort Benning, Georgia. These partnerships ensure a seamless transition for the veteran from active duty to veteran status.
CAVHCS has implemented a new governance structure that mirrors the Malcolm Baldrige criteria for performance excellence. CAVHCS recently won the Alabama Excellence Award, administered by the Alabama Productivity Center. The prestigious award recognizes and honors organizations whose past or recent innovations in areas of leadership, production, service or management have resulted in increased productivity and quality.
CAVHCS operates a Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Columbus, Georgia, which offers both Medical and Mental Health Primary Care, as well as Home Based Primary Care (HBPC).
CAVHCS operates a contracted (CBOC) in Dothan, Alabama, which provides Medical Primary Care is provided through the CAVHCS staffed Mental Health Clinic in Dothan. CAVHCS has affiliations with 24 schools, including Morehouse School of Medicine, Alabama State University, Auburn University, the University of Alabama and Tuskegee University.Affiliations
- Morehouse School of Medicine
- Auburn University
- Tuskegee University
- Alabama State University
- 143 Hospital
- 160 Nursing Home Care Unit
- 43 Homeless Domiciliary
- General Medicine & Surgery
- Home-based Primary Care
- Day Treatment
- Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment (OSAT)
- Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM)
- Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)
- Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)
- Community Residential Care
- Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP)
- Respite Care
- Preservation-Amputation Care and Treatment (PACT)
- Visually Impaired Services Team (VIST)
- Women Veterans Program