Central Iowa VA Health Care System

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The VA Central Iowa Health Care System (VA CIHCS) operates a VA medical facilities in Des Moines, with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) serving the northern counties in Mason City and Fort Dodge and Knoxville to the east. Two more outpatient clinics will be opened in Marshalltown and Carroll by 2012. We proudly serve more than 34,000 Veterans living in a 40-county area of central Iowa and northern Missouri. The medical center provides acute and specialized medical and surgical services, residential outpatient treatment programs in substance abuse and post-traumatic stress and a full range of mental health and long-term care services, as well as sub-acute and restorative rehabilitation services. A domiciliary for homeless veterans is located in Des Moines and general domiciliary beds are available at the Knoxville facility.

An active graduate medical education program exists at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System. Residents receive training at one or both divisions in the areas of general internal medicine, general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, urology and geriatrics. Additionally, medical students from the University of Iowa and Des Moines University receive training at VA CIHCS. Academic affiliations include the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Des Moines area Medical Education Consortium, Inc., and Des Moines University with numerous internship programs in allied health professions.