Welcome to the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. Our health care system serves your needs through the medical center in Salt Lake City and outpatient sites located throughout the Intermountain region. Our staff is committed to providing you with the right care, at the right time and at the right place.
Employees of the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System go above and beyond the call of duty to meet and even succeed patient expectations when it comes to their health care. Many of our employees are Veterans themselves and are humbled to continue their service in this way. Thank you for your Service and we look forward to providing continued excellence in patient care. You can also view the 2011 VA Salt Lake City Health Care Annual Report.We look forward to being your health care provider of choice and working with you as a partner in maintaining your health. One tool we offer to help you do just that is MyHealtheVet. MyHealtheVet is a free, online Personal Health Record that allows Veterans to make informed decisions about their health care. Set up your profile today on myhealth.va.gov so you can manage your prescriptions, keep track of your appointments and other medical information.
STEVEN W. YOUNG, FACHE
Director, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) consists of the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada.
The George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a mid-sized affiliated tertiary care facility with 121 authorized active beds. It is a teaching facility, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. The VASLCHCS is part of the VA Network 19, which includes facilities in Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada.
Our mission is "to serve the veteran who served us". The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System is committed to providing our patients with the highest Quality of Care in an environment that is safe. We do this by focusing on Continuous Process Improvement and by supporting a Culture of Safety.
VA embraces "Core Values" for all of our employees. We need values in place as the "backbone" for our health care system. These five core values (I.C.A.R.E.) are:
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
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.
VASLCHCS has a major affiliation with the University of Utah School of Medicine. Over 500 University of Utah residents, interns, and students are trained at the VASLCHCS each year. Additional Special Fellowship programs affiliated with the University of Utah are ongoing in Ambulatory Care and Medical Informatics Training Programs. Currently there are 115 physician resident positions funded at the VASLCHCS.
There are also nursing student affiliations with numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States, including local Intermountain West affiliations with the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Westminster College. The VASLCHCS has ongoing training programs and affiliations with numerous colleges and university throughout the United States involving our Associated Health Training Program. The associated health training includes dentistry, pharmacy, social work, psychology, occupational and physical rehabilitation, audiology, physician assistant, dietetics, and podiatry training programs. Many of these training programs have been integrated into our Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).