VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
About the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System provides primary, specialty, and mental health care, including psychiatric, substance abuse and PTSD services, to a Veteran population in central and western Massachusetts of more than 120,000 men and women.
Care is provided at the Northampton VA Medical Center, which has 85 behavioral health beds, a 44-bed nursing home care unit, and a 16-bed substance abuse, compensated work therapy and transitional residence located off-campus. The healthcare system also oversees five community-based outpatient clinics in Fitchburg, Greenfield, Pittsfield, Springfield, and Worcester.
Primary emphasis is placed on continuity of care from the medical center in Northampton to the community through outpatient treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and Home Based Primary Care.
There is an extensive network of residential settings from board and care homes to skilled nursing care. The healthcare system has affiliations with University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as with schools in dentistry, nursing, psychology, optometry, occupational therapy, social work, and pharmacy, and other health professional and technical fields.
All Veterans in the five central and western counties of Massachusetts (Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire) are encouraged to enroll for care with VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System. For more information about VA health care eligibility, please visit the VA health care website at http:www.va.gov/healthbenefits/ or contact the Eligibility and Enrollment Center for VA Central Western Massachusetts at (413) 582-3091.
Several services and health care programs are available for Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. For more information, contact Sheila Davies, OEF / OIF / OND Program Manager, at (413) 584-4040, Ext. 2027 or Judy Blanton, Patient Representative, at (413) 582-3188.
Other Special Programs Include:
- Specialized Inpatient Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program
- Polytrauma Support Clinic Team
- Inpatient Services for the Chronically Mentally Ill
- Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program
- Homeless Veterans Programs
- Substance Abuse/ Compensated Work Therapy/ Transitional Residence
- Vocational Rehabilitation Therapy Program (Supported Employment, Transitional Work Experience, Incentive Therapy, Compensated Work Therapy)
- MOVE! (Managing Overweight & Obesity for Veterans Everywhere) Program
- End of Life / Palliative Care
- Women Veterans Health Program
- Visual Impairment Services
- Smoking Cessation
Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.
Continue to be the benchmark of excellence and value in health care and benefits by providing exemplary services that are both patient centered and evidence based.
This care will be delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning, discovery and continuous improvement.
It will emphasize prevention and population health and contribute to the nation's well being through education, research and service in national emergencies.