Veterans Affairs Hospitals

The Augusta VA Medical Centers offers quality health care to our nation's veterans. The two-division medical center has 470 beds and provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, blind rehabilitation, spinal cord injury and rehabilitation medicine.

The Downtown Division, at 15th Street and Walton Way, is authorized for 155 beds (58 medicine, 37 surgery and 60 spinal cord injury).

The Uptown Division, located on Wrightsboro Road, has a 15-bed Blind Rehabilitation Center, a 30-bed Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit, a 132-bed Restorative/Nursing Home Care Unit, a 60-bed Domiciliary, 68 psychiatry beds and 10 rehabilitation medicine beds. The one-of-a-kind Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit treats active-duty military personnel who are in need of comprehensive rehabilitation services.

AUGUSTA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTERS: 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, (706) 733-0188.

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Problems reported on Augusta VA elevators

Augusta's Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center had to call contract mechanics 260 times last year to repair broken and stuck elevators that records show trapped 25 passengers and ...
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Veteran's widow aims to become advocate

After having a bad experience applying for and receiving VA benefits when her husband died, Deborah McCullar hopes to become a local advocate for widows of veterans.
By Wesley BrownStaff Writer | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Augusta VA reduces wait times

Only 2.3 percent of the 106,115 appointments completed from September through January at Augusta's downtown and uptown VA medical centers were delayed more than 30 days.
By Wesley Brown and Sandy Hodson | Thursday, April 9, 2015

Veteran pushes for rural VA hospital

A Jefferson County man is leading an effort to build a Veterans Affairs hospital in Louisville, Ga., for patients who have limited income and lack transportation in rural areas beyond south Augusta.
By Wesley Brown Staff Writer | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New VA director hears complaints

The new director of Augusta's Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center made her first public appearance before nearly 100 patients. 
By Wesley Brown | Monday, March 23, 2015

Report: Wound-care device misused at VA

A report found that nurses and physicians at Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center failed to maintain a vacuum-assisted device used to close a patient's surgical incision in 2013.
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, March 19, 2015

Few veterans offered Choice Cards

A Department of Veterans Affairs program started in November to resolve nationwide delays in care lacks consistent guidelines and effective management, reports show.
By Wesley Brown | Monday, March 16, 2015

Augusta VA to hold town hall meeting

The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a town hall meeting next to discuss health-care programs, eligibility and benefits with local veterans.
By Staff Reports | Monday, March 16, 2015

Augusta VA program helps reduce travel reimbursements

The Veterans Transportation Service has helped the Augusta VA gradually eliminate long trips and reduce reimbursement payments by more than 8 percent in the past three fiscal years, according to ...
By Wesley Brown | Sunday, March 15, 2015

Patient-support staff must reapply for upgraded position

Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center patient-support staff will receive an 11 percent pay raise and an expanded role in the hospital's health care operations after successfully reducing ...
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Whistleblowers mixed on new VA bill

Former employees who have accused the federal health care system of using retaliation to cover up delays have mixed feelings about new legislation to better protect whistleblowers.
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

New Augusta VA director brings wealth of experience

Many applauded the hiring of Maria Andrews as the next director of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, saying her of experience in government health care could give the troubled hospital a ...
By Wesley Brown | Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

New Augusta VA director named

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a new director for Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, with the hope that stable leadership can restore credibility to the hospital.
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Legislation gives VA Secretary more authority

The bill, known as the "Increasing VA Accounta­bil­ity to Veterans Act," would reclaim pensions, limit paid administrative leave and reduce bonuses to VA's executives.
By Wesley Brown | Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Reports pan Southeast VA hospitals

Two inspector general reports reinforce views that the Department of Veterans Affairs' Southeast Network of hospitals lacks the personnel, resources and training to provide quality patient care.
By Wesley Brown | Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

House targets VA bonuses in new bill

The bill, which would affect past and future payments, could result in at least six executives at Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center returning more than $30,000 in performance awards and ...
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Chief of staff introduction 'fast tracked' at Augusta VA

After a year that saw upheavals in top management, Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center heads into 2015 with plans to have a new chief of staff by next month.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

VA takes steps to meet increase in demand for appointments

As of Nov. 1, the latest data available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA had 35,973 pending appointments at its two Augusta hospitals and outpatient clinics in Aiken and Athens.
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Freedom's Path veteran housing project approved for funding

A year after a legal dispute threatened to kill project funding, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has awarded Freedom's Path $790,000 in federal tax credits.
By Wesley Brown | Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Nursing chief named interim director

Michelle Cox-Henley, the chief of nursing and patient services at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has been named acting director of the Augusta hospital.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
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