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Miami VA receives upgrade to 1A medical facility

The Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center, pictured, is the parent facility of the Miami VA Healthcare System.

The Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center, pictured, is the parent facility of the Miami VA Healthcare System.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Miami VA Healthcare System provides health care to approximately 60,000 South Florida Veterans, supports a large research program, helps train tomorrow’s doctors and nurses, and employs a workforce of more than 2,700 employees. Last month the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) recognized the Miami VA’s hard work by upgrading the complexity level of the Miami VA Healthcare System from 1b to 1a, the most complex level of operations within the VA system.

Every three years VHA categorizes all VA medical facilities by complexity levels – which are determined according to facilities’ Veteran population characteristics, clinical services offered, research and educational programs, and administrative complexity.

The Miami VA’s surgical program, intensive care unit, radiation oncology, interventional cardiology and radiology, research, training affiliations, and special programs (spinal cord injury unit; Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center; and mental health inpatient treatment) played a significant role in the new complexity level determination.

While the recognition is a testament to the hard work of its dedicated staff, the Miami VA Healthcare System's mission – to honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being – remains the driving force of its operations.

“I’m proud of our employees for focusing on the needs of our patients and doing wonderful things for our Veterans everyday,” said Paul M. Russo, medical center director. “This designation is a reflection of our compassionate staff who care for our nation’s heroes. Congratulations and thank you to our hard working Miami VA team.”

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