The St. Cloud VA Medical Center is located in central Minnesota in the City of St. Cloud. The City and surrounding communities have a population of more than 100,000 people. St. Cloud is about seventy miles northwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The medical center began serving veterans in 1924 and now delivers care to more than 32,000 veterans in the upper Midwest region. The medical center's mission is to honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.
Areas of care include primary medical and subspecialty care, mental health care, a variety of specialty care services, urgent care, acute psychiatric care, telemedicine, extended care and rehabilitation, imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services.
Specialty care services include audiology, dental, hematology, oncology, optometry, orthopedics, podiatry, urology and rheumatology. A new same-day surgery center is under construction that will provide access to additional outpatient surgical procedures beginning in the summer of 2010.
The medical center offers extensive mental health programming, including acute psychiatric care, Residential Rehabilitation Treatment programs and an outpatient mental health clinic. The programs use a recovery model to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and a variety of mental health conditions. Outpatient programming includes treatment for serious mental illness, vocational rehabilitation and supported employment.
The medical center's Community Living Center (extended care and rehabilitation) provides skilled care through home-based primary care, nursing home care, adult day health care, ventilator-dependent care, memory care, hospice care and a variety of rehabilitation programs.
The St. Cloud VA Medical Center operates two Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Brainerd and Montevideo, Minnesota. A new CBOC will open in Alexandria, Minnesota in the summer of 2009.