RICHARD L. ROUDEBUSH VA MEDICAL CENTER
Indianapolis, the largest city in Indiana and the twelfth-largest city in the US, is the state capital and is located in the center of the state on the White River. Cultural attractions in Indianapolis are plentiful, with some of the finest art and artifact collections in the country seen at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The NBA’s Indiana Pacers and the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts bring major league sports to downtown Indianapolis and the city is known for being the home of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, along with being a hotbed of college basketball. Indianapolis has a low cost of living, affordable housing, and hassle-free commuting.
The Indianapolis VA Medical Center is aggressively using emerging technology in the tele-home care and tele-disease management arenas and provides ongoing support to the returning Veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND). Additionally, the medical center has a 50-bed Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program targeting homeless Veterans. The medical center was one of five U.S. hospitals recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for its leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The medical center operates a research program with a budget of approximately $26 million and research strengths include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alcoholism, AIDS, lung disease, fungal infection, cancer, stroke, kidney disease, mental health, PTSD, chronic pain and health services research.
The medical center operates five Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) in Indiana, located in Bloomington, Columbus, Martinsville, Western Indianapolis (Indy West) and Terre Haute. The more than 64,000 patients (nearly 4,000 women Veterans) treated by the Indianapolis VA Medical Center require over 717,000 outpatient visits and almost 7,900 inpatient episodes of care yearly.