In 1946 President Harry S. Truman approved establishment of a Veterans Administration hospital in Wilmington. Construction on the 336-bed VA hospital was completed in 1950, making the Wilmington VAMC the ninth VA hospital to open after World War II. Since its inception, the mission of the Wilmington VAMC has been to provide quality health services to veterans and their families while serving as a
quality teaching healthcare organization.
The VA Wilmington campus consists of the medical center, a nursing home care unit, a Veterans Benefits Administration facility and a vet center. The medical center has a capacity of 60 beds, and the NHCU also has 60 beds. The center operates five community-based outpatient clinics that serve Southern Delaware (in Millsboro and Dover) and South New Jersey.
Wilmington VAMC is classified as a Clinical Referral Level 2 complexity facility. It is a teaching medical center that provides a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.
Wilmington VAMC is a part of VISN 4, which includes nine other facilities in Pennsylvania.
VA Wilmington has identified staff at each campus working in a coordinated effort to reach military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and help make a seamless transition to veterans’ health care. VA outreach efforts include sending letters and placing phone calls to recently discharged servicemen and women. Wilmington participates in the Post Deployment Health Risk Assessment program and, along with VBA and Vet Center staff, works directly with returning guard and reserve members at their duty station. Current services that are being offered are: outpatient substance abuse, outpatient mental health, outpatient PTSD, CWT, and intensive case management for those with severe mental illness. Wilmington also works with the Vet Center, which offers readjustment services to military veterans, focusing primarily on counseling for military trauma and family problems.
VAMC Wilmington was fully accredited by the Joint Commission on its most recent unannounced visit in December 2005. Over a five-day period, our medical center campus, primary and extended care center, and community health centers were reviewed The medical center has full accreditation from the College of American Pathologists and the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
The Wilmington VAMC has active affiliations with Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. There are 27 resident slots, rotating through general medicine, neurology, general surgery, GU and ophthalmology. More than 288 university residents, interns, and students train at the Wilmington VAMC each year. An affiliation with the Pennsylvania School of Optometry provides residents. Other allied health training programs are supported in nursing, medical technology, occupational therapy, dietetics, dental hygiene/therapist, audiology and social work.
Generally, anyone who has served at least two years in active military service and was discharged with any rating other than dishonorable is eligible for health-care and benefit services through VA. For additional information on healthcare and eligibility, veterans can call 994-2511, ext. 5212 ,or (800) 461-8262, ext. 5212. For other benefit information, veterans should call (800) 827-1000.