The St. Cloud VA Medical Center is located in central Minnesota on 200 acres of wooded grounds on the banks of the Sauk River. Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) are located in Brainerd, Montevideo and Alexandria, Minnesota. Each year the medical center delivers care to over 36,000 unique patients in the Upper Midwest Region.
The medical center maintains an active, on-going medical education program accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association for continuing education credit. It focuses primarily on education programs that relate specifically to unique medical problems. The medical center continues to support health training through affiliations with 20 universities, colleges, technical colleges, and seminaries.
388 Operating Beds
225 Community Living Center
15 Acute Phychiatry
148 Mental Health RRTP
TYPE OF FACILITY
The facility provides primary medical and mental health services, primary medicine, acute psychiatry, and an array of outpatient specialties including urology, outpatient surgery, audiology, optometry, dental and podiatry.
The medical center provides a number of special emphasis programs including residential substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychiatric residential rehabilitive treatment program (PRRTP), dual diagnosis, outpatient programming for seriously mentally ill, vocational rehabilitation, extended care, adult day health care, rehabilitation, and ventilator care.
The ASC opened in August 2011. The 9,000 square foot ASC is equipped with state-of-the-art surgical equipment and technology. The facility’s Sterile Processing Services department also underwent a major renovation to support the ASC.
The availability of same day surgery services significantly improved the facility’s capabilities to meet the health care needs of Veterans in central Minnesota. The ASC provides convenient same day urological, orthopedic (including arthroscopy), oral, and general surgery procedures closer to home for many of the 37,000 Veterans who receive their health care through the facility. The addition of the ASC has resulted in fewer referrals to the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, decreased costs for non-VA care, and an increased array of surgical procedures available at the facility.
VISN 23 MH Team of the Year
In May 2011, the facility’s MH RRTP was awarded the VA Midwest Health Care Network MH Team of the Year Award at the annual MH conference in Sioux Falls, SD. This regional award is given annually to the team that best exemplifies the VISN’s MH strategic plan and provides a best practice model that can be duplicated at other regional clinics and medical centers.
The MH RRTP is a 148-bed residential program that specializes in treating Veterans with substance abuse and MH disorders. The current treatment program is the result of a significant systems redesign over the past 3 years.