St. Louis VA Medical Center - John Cochran Division

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The VA St. Louis Health Care System (VASLHCS) is a full-service health care facility providing inpatient and ambulatory care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, and rehabilitation, as well as over 65 subspecialty areas. VASLHCS employees serve more than 58,000 Veterans in east central Missouri and southwestern Illinois.  The VASLHCS is the referral center for VA Medical Centers in Marion, Ill. and Poplar Bluff, MO., providing inpatient acute care and outpatient care. The health care system includes a tertiary medical center; the John Cochran Division; a Community Living Center at the Jefferson Barracks Division; community-based outpatient clinics located in N. St. Louis, St. Charles, Washington, and Belleville, Ill.; Hope Mental Health Recovery Center in midtown St. Louis; and two primary care clinics annexes in St. Louis City. The Jefferson Barracks Division is a multi-building complex overlooking the Mississippi River in south St. Louis County. It provides psychiatric treatment, spinal cord injury treatment, a nursing home care unit, geriatric health care, rehabilitation services, and a rehabilitation domiciliary program for homeless veterans. The John Cochran Division, named after the late Missouri congressman, is located in midtown St. Louis and has all of the medical center's operative surgical capabilities, the ambulatory care unit, intensive care units, outpatient psychiatry clinics, and expanded laboratory.

• St. Louis University School of Medicine
• Washington University School of Medicine
• Missouri Veterans Home
• St. Louis College of Pharmacy
• Southern Illinois University School of Dentistry
• University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry

It's not just that St. Louis boasts the kind of cultural treasures you'd expect to see only in the very biggest American cities. It's not just that it boasts terrific recreational opportunities, from major league sports teams to spectacular parks and golf courses to beautiful hiking and canoeing nearby.

It's that you can do these things in St. Louis. It's that nothing is out of reach - in price, in location, in the size of the crowd trying to get in.

A community with a remarkably low cost of living for all of the comforts and attractions it affords, St. Louis is a big city with the convenience and sense of connectedness of a smaller one.

Visiting the city's nationally acclaimed Zoo costs - nothing (thanks to the taxpayers and philanthropists). The Art Museum, the History Museum, the Science Center cost - nothing. The charges for the Symphony and the Missouri Botanical Garden are all highly reasonable.

Not only is the price right - you can get there. St. Louis is a "20-minute city," where most of the attractions are within a reasonable distance from most of the people. Across most of the region, average commutes to work are below the national average of 24.7 minutes.

In addition to having a strong business environment, St. Louis is a pleasant place to live, offering friendly neighborhoods, affordable cost of living, and a vast range of things to do. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked St. Louis as one of the smartest place to live on its 2006 list of "50 Smart Places to Live".

Best Place to Live! Forbes magazine ranked St. Louis No. 4 on its "Most Affordable Places To Live Well" list in November 2007, which rated cities according to housing affordability, cost of living, quality of life, and best arts & leisure offerings.

Best City for Relocating Families! St. Louis ranked No. 9 among large metro areas in the U.S. 2007 Best Cities for Relocating Families ranking by Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation. The study was based on factors such as cost of living, crime rates, education, climate, arts and culture, diversity, and number of physicians per capita.

Best City to Buy a Home! In February 2010, Forbes magazine named St. Louis No. 8 on its "America's Best Housing Markets" list based on low foreclosures, rising home prices, and affordability.

*Information quoted from St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Assocation website


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