Department of Veterans Affairs NJ Health Care System (VANJHCS)
The Department of Veterans Affairs NJ Health Care System (VANJHCS) is a consolidated facility comprised of 2 main campuses and 14 satellite
outpatient clinics serving the 628,000 veterans that reside in the state.
Last year, 72,531 people received health care in VA facilities, including
more than 6,200 inpatient admission and 677,000 outpatient visits.
receive most of their training at the East Orange Campus, with specialty
elective time available at the Lyons Campus. The medical centers offer
a full range of services including acute medical, surgical, psychiatric,
and nursing home care. There are also a variety of specialty programs
and initiatives including Diabetes Education, Pulmonary Rehabilitation,
Prosthetics, and Homeless Outreach Programs which have been recognized
for outstanding achievement both within the Department of Veterans Affairs
and the general health care community.
the population ages, elderly and long-term care become critical issues
for more and more patients. Care of geriatric veterans is a high priority
in the VANJHCS, as more than half of the veterans in NJ are elderly. The
VA was one of the first institutions in the state to have a palliative
care team in the hematology-oncology section. All inpatient veterans in
NJ now have access to the services of hospice and palliative care consultation
teams. Residents also get exposure to a variety of specialized programs
targeted to geriatric needs, including the Health Aging and Recovery Care
Program (HARP), Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
(CIIRP), and Home-based Primary Care. This exposure is essential in developing
skills to meet the challenge of caring for the elderly population of the
extensive VA research program exists in NJ, with almost 300 projects and
an annual budget of $2.5 million. The VANJHCS has led the Department of
Veterans Affairs in health services research that evaluate clinical practice
guidelines for diabetic patients, and the East Orange facility was selected
as one of the sites for a Center for the Study of War-Related Illnesses.
VA intends to keep pace with technology and advances in the medical field,
and is at the forefront of medical informatics. One of its biggest attributes
is its Computerized Patient Record System, linking it to VA institutions
across the country. It is a paperless system through which all patient
care, including notes, orders, medications and scheduling is managed.
This unique state-of-the-art system provides unlimited access to detailed
comprehensive patient information, and is utilized by all practitioners
at most VA sites, making it easier to manage and follow all aspects of
For more information, please visit the VANJHCS website at: