Alexandria VA Health Care System
Pineville, LA 71360 1 (318) 466-4000
The VA Medical Center, Alexandria, Louisiana consists of the medical center facility located on Shreveport Highway, Pineville, Louisiana. The Alexandria VAMC also has Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in Lafayette, Louisiana serving Lafayette Parish and other surrounding parishes and in Jennings, Louisiana serving Jefferson Davis Parish and other surrounding parishes.
The VAMC Alexandria is categorized as a primary and secondary care facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of primary care services with state-of-the-art technology and education. Comprehensive acute and extended health care is provided on a primary and secondary basis in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.
The Medical Center serves a potential veteran population of over 100,000 veterans and an active patient roster of over 37,000. The Alexandria, Louisiana VAMC is a part of VA Network 16, South Central VA Health Care Network, which includes facilities in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Southeast Texas, and Northwest Florida. Ambulatory Care services are provided in-house and through community-based clinics in Jennings and Lafayette, Louisiana. Surgical (in-patient and ambulatory) and medical services are provided through two wards, 5 operating rooms, a Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and ICU. Tertiary care services are provided through referrals primarily to VAMC’s Shreveport, Jackson, and Houston. The extended care program includes two Nursing Home Care Units, including an 18 bed Alzheimer’s Unit with enclosed walking yard. Alexandria is one of three Specialty Referral Facilities in the VISN for acute and intermediate psychiatric care. VAMC Alexandria receives long-term psychiatry referrals from network facilities and VA facilities in bordering states.
Affiliations: VAMC Alexandria has active affiliations with the Tulane University of School of Medicine (with residency programs in preventive medicine and ophthalmology) and LSU Medical School (with residency programs in family medicine, clinical pharmacology, and physician assistants).
Other affiliations include: Northeast Louisiana University – speech pathology, Northwestern State University – physical therapy, occupational therapy, and recreation therapy, Louisiana State University – nursing and social work, Our Lady of the Lake University – nursing, Louisiana College – occupational therapy and recreation therapy, Alcorn State University – occupational therapy and recreation therapy, Alexandria Vo-Tech – occupational therapy and recreation therapy, Louisiana State University (Alexandria) – occupational therapy and recreation therapy, Grambling State University – associate dietetics program and recreation therapy, Louisiana Tech University – audiology, psychology, biomedical engineering, physical therapy, and dietetics, Central Louisiana State Hospital – physical therapy, Xavier University – pharmacy, Southern University – recreation therapy, Tulane University – social work.
Construction: Several non-recurring maintenance infrastructure projects have been completed in 2006; they include renovation of the food service preparation area in Building 4, renovation of a MRI/CT Suite, installation of a modular building for the Canteen Retail store and replacement of Chiller # 3. One additional project, the upgrade of our Fire Alarm and Detection System is under construction at this time. A minor construction project is under way to replace the extended care ward of 38 beds in Building 2. Building 2 is a 1929-vintage structure and has significant structural, mechanical, and environmental problems, which make the building unsuitable for patient care according to contemporary clinical standards. This project will construct a new wing to Building 45, which houses 116 nursing home beds. This project is expected to be completed during the 2nd Quarter of FY 2007.
Labor Relations: The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 1972, represents nonprofessional and professional employees at the VAMC Alexandria. The VAMC Alexandria has an established Local Partnership Council consisting of members from management and the local bargaining unit. The Partnership Council meets regularly to discuss and resolve problems and concerns of labor and management.
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