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Profile: Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care Systems

General:

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System is part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. As the largest VA facility in the Northwest, VA Puget Sound provides advanced care for veterans throughout the Northwest, including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In the Puget Sound region, the VA operates two major medical facilities, one in Seattle and the other in Tacoma.

Accredited: Yes. To see how VA Puget Sound measures up overall and in particular categories, go to the Joint Commission’s report on the VA.

Beds: 291 acute care beds, 131 nursing home beds and 60 domiciliary beds.

Research: Yes.  VA Puget Sound is the second largest VA-funded research center in the country.

Teaching: Yes. VA Puget Sound partners with University of Washington training program as well as other academic institutions.

Highlights:

The VA was one of the first US health-care systems to develop a computerized patient record system that makes it possible for doctors and other health-care providers to update their patients charts electronically. The VA’s computerized patient record system has the ability to detect errors in medication dosages, track laboratory study results and call attention to abnormal results,  and provide other alerts that  improve efficiency and patient safety.

Facilities and services: To learn more about the VA Puget Sound Health Care System go to their website.

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