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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

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About the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

About the Medical Center

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) located in Tucson AZ serves over 170,000 Veterans located in eight counties in Southern Arizona and one county in Western New Mexico.  SAVAHCS is a 277-bed hospital providing primary care and sub-specialty health care in numerous medical areas for eligible Veterans.  SAVAHCS also provides our Veterans with quality care at our seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics located at Safford, Casa Grande, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Green Valley, Northwest and Southeast Tucson.

Facility Facts and Specifics

The VA Medical Center located at Tucson Arizona is the “Flagship” for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS), which serves over 170,000 veterans located in eight counties in Southern Arizona and one county in Western New Mexico.  This 277-bed hospital provides training, primary care and sub-specialty health care in numerous medical areas for eligible Veterans.

SAVAHCS has been serving America’s heroes our Veterans since its dedication on October 13, 1928.  SAVAHCS has affiliations with over 67 academic institutions and plays a vital role in Arizona health care education as the principle affiliate with the University of Arizona’s Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.  Each year over 700 physicians, nurses and other health care professionals from educational institutions across the country receive training at SAVAHCS. Virtually all SAVAHCS staff physicians hold faculty appointments at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine.  University of Arizona College of Nursing students consistently rate SAVAHCS as their best teaching experience.

SAVAHCS has specialized and numerous unique treatment programs to better serve its patients such as:  The South Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, The Community Living Center, which provides specialty care as Rehabilitation, Geropsychiatric, Interim, Long Term, Hospice/Palliative, and Respite Care.

SAVAHCS employs over 2,300 health care professionals and support staff.  SAVAHCS’ economic importance to the community was recently recognized by the Arizona Daily Star as one of the 16th largest employers in southern Arizona. Fiscal year 2013 SAVAHCS treated over 8,000 inpatients and saw an excess of 680,000 outpatient visits.

 
Mission
We provide Quality Healthcare to Veterans in an environment of Compassion, Education & Research.

Vision
Be a national model of clinical and organizational excellence by providing SAFE, EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT and COMPASSIONATE healthcare.

Core Values
 
Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.

Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.

Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.

Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.

Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.