The St. Cloud VA Health Care System is in Central Minnesota in the City of St. Cloud. The City and surrounding communities have a population of more than 100,000 people. St. Cloud is about seventy miles northwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The medical center began serving Veterans in 1924 and now delivers care to more than 37,000 Veterans in the upper Midwest region.
Areas of care include primary and specialty care, mental health care, surgical and specialty care, urgent care, acute psychiatric care, telemedicine, extended care and rehabilitation, imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services.
Specialty care services include audiology, cardiology, dentistry, hematology, oncology, optometry, orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonology, urology and rheumatology. A new Ambulatory Surgery (same-day) Center opened in the fall of 2011 and will provide access to additional outpatient surgical procedures.
The medical center offers extensive mental health programming, including acute psychiatric care, Residential Rehabilitation Treatment programs and an outpatient mental health clinic. The programs use a recovery model to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and a variety of mental health conditions. Outpatient programming includes treatment for serious mental illness, vocational rehabilitation and supported employment.
The medical center's Community Living Center (extended care and rehabilitation) provides skilled care through home-based primary care, nursing home care, adult day health care, ventilator-dependent care, memory care, hospice care and a variety of rehabilitation programs.