The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS), accredited by the Joint Commission, is comprised of two large Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers located in Temple and Waco, a large stand-alone outpatient clinic in Austin, four community based outpatient clinics located in Brownwood, Bryan/College Station, Cedar Park, and Palestine plus a rural outreach clinic in La Grange. The system is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the United States and provides a full range of services including medical, surgical, psychiatric, and rehabilitation with inpatient medical/surgical hospital beds, a hospice unit, and community living center (CLC) beds. Located on its Waco campus, CTVHCS has one of the largest inpatient psychiatric facilities and one of only 12 Blind Rehabilitation Centers in the country. CTVHCS serves a Veteran population of more than 252,000, covers 35,243 square miles and 11 congressional districts in 39 counties.
In fiscal year (FY) 2013, CTVHCS treated 98,242 Veteran unique patients and recorded 8,925 inpatient admissions. Outpatient workload totaled 1,120,995 visits. CTVHCS collaborates with Fort Hood, the largest military base in the world with the biggest troop commitment to Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND). CTVHCS provides transitional medical services and conducts PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI) research -- the signature illnesses of these conflicts.
CTVHCS has affiliation agreements with Texas A&M College of Medicine/Baylor-Scott and White Healthcare System, the University of Texas Southwestern/Seton Healthcare Network, and the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 250 Residents and Fellows are trained annually at CTHVCS, plus more than 150 medical students per year. For the 2013 school year, CTVHCS received authorization for 100 graduate medical education slots for residents and fellows. CTVHCS has 113 separate affiliation agreements across the country with over 217 training programs—with the majority in Associated Health Programs; i.e., nursing, physician assistants, psychology, radiology techs, social workers, and more—resulting in just over 1,500 trainees per year completing the programs. We have added totally new training programs in Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Preventive Medicine, ENT, Cardiology, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Orthopedics, Pathology, Radiology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. As well as added additional positions in Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, and Neurology. Of the 343 CTVHCS medical staff, 168 have faculty appointments with Texas A&M College of Medicine.
The main CTVHCS Campus is at the Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center in Temple, Texas. On the Temple Campus is a full-service, 189-bed teaching hospital that serves as the medical/surgical referral center for all CTVHCS campuses as well as providing outpatient services to Veterans across the 32-county service catchment area. Also located at the Temple Campus is a 262-bed domiciliary, a new 80-bed Community Living Center (CLC) which includes a 20-bed hospice unit, and an 8-bed Trauma Recovery Unit. A 160-bed State Veterans Home also resides on the Temple Campus grounds as well as an $11.5 million VA Research Institute which attracts world-class researchers to the Central Texas area. A new cardiac cauterization suite was completed in the summer of 2013 and is now operational.
Research Service at CTVHCS supports the national goal of advancing medical research programs that address Veterans' needs. CTVHCS participates in research supported by the VA Office of Research and Development, as well as from external sources such as Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, non-profit foundations, and pharmaceutical companies. Forty-three principal investigators work on more than 131 active human, animal, or safety studies at CTVHCS. CTVHCS received a full 5-year accreditation by The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) effective September 9, 2011. In FY07, the total research expenditures for R&D Committee approved projects were $2.05 million. In FY13, the total increased to $8.06 million, which is a four-fold increase over the last seven fiscal years.
CTVHCS has affiliation agreements with Texas A&M College of Medicine/Scott and White, The University of Texas Southwestern Austin/Seton Healthcare Network, and the Texas Department of Health. More than 200 Residents and Fellows are trained annually at CTHVCS, plus more than 150 medical students per year. Over recent years, CTVHCS received authorization for additional graduate medical education residents, creating a total of 75 slots for residents and fellows in 2012. CTVHCS has 102 separate affiliation agreements across the country with over 200 training programs—with the majority in Associated Health Programs; i.e., nursing, physician assistants, psychology, radiology techs, social workers, and more—resulting in just over 1,500 trainees per year completing the programs. Of the 343 CTVHCS medical staff, 168 have faculty appointments with Texas A&M College of Medicine.
In addition to our main facilities in Temple and Waco, we have an outpatient clinic in Austin and the Temple Annex PACT Clinic.
We offer services at the LaGrange VA Outreach Clinic and in four community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in:
VA's Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “…To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.
VA’s Guiding Principles: People Centric, Results Driven and Forward Looking
VA’s Core Values: “I CARE”
VA’s Core Values are the basic elements of how we go about our work – they define “who we are” – and form the underlying principles we will use every day in our service to Veterans.
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.
Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Mission:
Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.
VHA will 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.
VHA’s principles are the philosophical pillars that are embedded in VHA’s vision. They are embodied in our goals, objectives, and every initiative undertaken.
Data Driven/Evidence Based
Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center
1901 Veterans Memorial Drive
Temple, TX 76504
254-778-4811 | 800-423-2111
Waco VA Medical Center
4800 Memorial Drive
Waco, TX 76711
254-752-6581 | 800-423-2111
Austin Outpatient Clinic
7901 Metropolis Drive
Austin, TX 78744
512-823-4000 | 800-423-2111
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Fredrick Willoughby: 254-743-2866