The Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center is a general
medical and surgical hospital with 98 beds, located on a 16-acre
site adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Park and the West Virginia State Nursing
Home in the city of Clarksburg, West Virginia. It serves a Veteran population
of approximately 70,000 in north central West Virginia and adjacent counties in
Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In FY07
the medical center treated 19,554 unique patients through 216,090 outpatient
visits and 3,541 admissions.
The facility was initially dedicated on December 7, 1950 and
was enhanced with the clinical addition in 1989. Named after Louis A. Johnson,
Secretary of Defense under President Truman, this medical center has been an
active teaching facility since 1960 by participating in residency and academic
affiliations with the West Virginia University, Fairmont State University,
Alderson-Broaddus College and other nearby institutions of higher education.
Clarksburg, approximate population of 18,000 citizens, is
located at the center of West Virginia's I-79 High Tech Corridor. The High Tech Corridor is anchored on the
north by Morgantown, which is the home of West Virginia University, a Carnegie
Foundation Research Institution and training academy for Cisco systems, Inc.
and Oracle. Morgantown was recently
rated the best small city in America by bizjournals.com. Other regional high technology operations
include the National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health, NASA IV and V Center, and Department of Defense
Biometrics Fusion Center.
Clarksburg enjoys the amenities of the largest city in the
region with the advantages of a small hometown community. A rich mix of retail,
industry, and government services, with a thriving business community exist,
along with an abundance of recreational facilities and one of the best
preserved historic downtowns in the state. The crime rate is the second lowest
in West Virginia and is one of the lowest in the country, property prices
remain low, and the cost of living is substantially lower than any metropolitan
city. Clarksburg is a small community rich with economic growth, heritage, and
family recreation. Clarksburg's Historic downtown is also home to the largest
legal, accounting, and banking community in north central West Virginia. There
are approximately 6,000 professionals working in the Downtown Central Business
District each weekday.
Clarksburg is located approximately two hours from
Pittsburgh, PA, three and one-half hours from Columbus, OH, four hours from
Washington, DC, and two hours from Charleston, WV.