The Amarillo VA Health Care System, a division of the Heart of Texas VA Health Care Network (VISN 17), provides primary specialty, and extended care of the highest quality to veterans throughout the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, eastern New Mexico, and southern Kansas. Approximatlely 25,000 patients are treated annually. The Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center located in Amarillo, Texas is the main campus where key admnistrative support services, inpatient, outpatient and speciality care serves are based. Inpatient care is provided with 44 operating beds for general medical, surgical, and intensive care. Geriatric and extended care is provided in the 120-bed skilled nursing home care unit. The AVAHCS provides programs such as the OEF/OIF/OND Program, Homeless Veterans Programs, Suicide Prevention, Compensation & Pension The Amarillo VA Health Care System also ensures health care is accessible to those Veterans residing in rural areas through four community-based outpatient clinics located in Lubbock, TX, Childress, TX, Dalhart, TX, and Clovis, NM. A Veterans Transporation Service (VTS) is available to provide service from CBOC's and rural communities to the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center.
Affiliations with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, West Texas A&M University, Amarillo College, and Northeastern State University enable a wide variety of advanced educational opportunities in medicine, pharmacy, optometry and allied health programs.