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The Hampton VA Medical Center is an acute care general medical, surgical and psychiatric hospital. The medical center is situated on 83.5 acres of land that formerly served as the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Hampton VAMC features 516-authorized beds dedicated to Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Intermediate Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders, Extended Care and Rehabilitation (Nursing Home Care Unit), a Domiciliary and community based therapeutic residency.
The facility provides access to a full range of health care and psychosocial services to veterans through a system of primary/managed care for veterans. Specialized care is provided in the spinal cord injury unit, palliative care unit, compensated work therapy unit, community-based therapeutic residencies, hemodialysis unit, combined medical and surgical intensive care unit, CT and MRI scanning, a Women Veterans Health Program, AIDS/HIV care, outpatient comprehensive rehabilitation program, and an outpatient substance abuse program. In addition, Hampton VAMC has a very active primary care program, which provides for the treatment of more than 200,000 outpatient visits each year.
As a teaching hospital, Hampton VAMC has been affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School since l973 and with the Hampton University School of Nursing since 1992. Each year 45 residency slots are allocated; plus nearly 100 medical students receive their training at Hampton VAMC. Training is also provided students in allied health fields including: dentistry, nursing, dietetics, social work, clinical psychology, laboratory technology, chaplaincy, and pharmacy.
The Eye clinic personnel consists of two full-time staff Optometrists, one Optometry resident, and an Optometry extern and Optometry technician. There are also two full time staff ophthalmologists, two ophthalmology residents, two Ophthalmology technicians and three clerical staff. Optometry shares clinical space and staff with the ophthalmology section in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship. There are four fully equipped examination lanes dedicated to Optometry, as well as a digital fundus camera with fluorescein capabilities, Humphrey perimeter, autorefractor, autolensometer, Stratus OCT, and digital anterior segment camera. All clinical care is fully computerized, with instantaneous computerized access to patient records, radiology reports, laboratory results, consultation results, and progress notes.
The newly established Intermediate Low Vision Clinic consists of a fully equipped examination lane as well as a separate training room with a full complement of low vision devices for patient evaluation and training.