Health Information Essay

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The Glue That Keeps the House Together Sheronda M. Lacy DeVry University Professor Shelye Mishler The VA health care system has grown from 54 hospitals in 1930, to include 152 hospitals; 800 community based outpatient clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 domiciliary. nationwide including Alaska, Hawaii, the Philippine Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The VA facilities are broken down into VISN (Veteran Integrated Service Networks) and are within VISN 16 which includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The Oklahoma VA Medical Center is a General Medicine and Surgical facility that serves a population of 250,000 or more veterans. There are 40,000 veteran that are treated in the outpatient setting and 5000 annually treated as inpatient. The Oklahoma VAMC consists of 222 bed facility with an additional 40 bed extended care unit, which includes forty-eight Oklahoma Counties and two counties in North Central Texas which are Wilbarger and Wichita Falls, Texas. VAMC also operates an annex clinic as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Lawton, Ardmore, Stillwater, Altus, Ada, Enid, Blackwell counties. The Oklahoma City VAMC is a teaching hospital that provides a full range of patient care facilities over Inpatient and Outpatient treatment, Laboratory Testing, Radiology, and rehabilitation services. There is a very active affiliation with the University of Oklahoma Medical School as well as 15 state, community, and private institutions. Over 300 University residents, interns, and students are trained at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. In addition there are nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, social work, radiologic technology, audiology, speech pathology, and psychology student that receive training within the Oklahoma City VAMC. The Veteran Health Administration facilities are federally owned

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