VA has released the names of 18 facilities designated VA Whole Health Flagship sites, which are spread around the country within the VA health-care system and are focused on empowering and equipping Veterans to take charge of their health and well-being.

As VA shifts from a health-care system focused primarily on treating disease to one guided by a personalized health plan that considers the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental needs of Veterans, the whole health system acknowledges that health care involves more than the physical human body.

“VA’s whole health approach helps Veterans live their lives to the fullest,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “By developing a personal health plan that integrates many areas of their lives, Veterans can truly take charge of their well being and improve their health all around. I’m pleased to recognize these VA facilities that are helping our Veterans do just that.”

The following facilities have been designated Whole Health Flagship Sites:

  • VA Boston Health Care System
  • VA New Jersey Health Care System (East Orange)
  • Erie VA Medical Center (VAMC) (Pennsylvania)
  • Beckley VA Medical Center (West Virginia)
  • G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center (Salisbury, North Carolina)
  • Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • Tampa VA Medical Center  (Florida)
  • Tennessee Valley Health Care System (Nashville and Murfreesboro)
  • Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center (Saginaw, Michigan)
  • Tomah VA Medical Center  (Wisconsin)
  • Louis VA Health Care System (Missouri)
  • Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System (Little Rock,)
  • South Texas Veterans Health Care System (San Antonio)
  • Salt Lake City VA Medical Center VA Portland Health Care System (Oregon)
  • Palo Alto VA Medical Center(Livermore, California)
  • Tucson VA Medical Center (Arizona)
  • VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (Omaha, Nebraska)

In addition to the naming of the flagship facilities, VA also announced new sites that will serve as Whole Health Design Sites beginning in 2018. VA Whole Health Design Sites listed here are focused on implementing specific elements of the Whole Health System and/or expanding their existing efforts to implement a more comprehensive Whole Health capability.

In 2018, the following facilities have been designated Whole Health Design Sites:

  • Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford, Massachusetts)
  • Birmingham Alabama VA Medical Center
  • Central California VA Health Care System (Fresno)
  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center
  • John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Fargo VA Health Care System (North Dakota)
  • Kansas City VA Medical Center (Missouri)
  • William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Manchester VA Medical Center (New Hampshire)
  • Mountain Home VA Medical Center (Tennessee)
  • Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Medical Center (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
  • Syracuse VA Medical Center (New York)
  • West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (Florida)

In 2017, the following facilities were designated Whole Health Design Sites.

  • Baltimore VA Medical Center
  • Central Arkansas Health Care System (Little Rock)
  • Durham VA Medical Center (North Carolina)
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
  • VA Hudson Valley Health Care System (Montrose, New York)
  • Iowa City VA Health Care System
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care System
  • VA Portland Health Care System
  • San Francisco VA Health Care System
  • VA St. Louis Health Care System
  • Tomah VA Medical Center

In 2016, the following facilities were designated Whole Health Design Sites:

  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (Biloxi, Mississippi)
  • VA North Texas Health Care System/Plano Community Based Outpatient Clinic (Plano, Texas)
  • Washington DC VAMC Jesse Brown VAMC (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Harry S. Truman Memorial (Columbia, Missouri)
  • G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center (Salisbury, North Carolina)

Additionally, every VAMC now offers an Introduction to Whole Health learning opportunity for transitioning service members, family members and currently enrolled Veterans. For information about the Whole Health System, flagship facilities or design sites, visit

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Published on May. 15, 2018

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  1. Richard H. Lewis Sr. May 21, 2018 at 11:37 am

    My husband was stationed at camp le jeune from 1962 to 64, 66, 67,we have 5 children 3 girls 2 boys. The 3 girls had miscarriages. One daughter has severe Lupios & many other disorders.The other daughter has Fibro& and many disorders. The VA does not recognized any of these. My husband also served in Viet Nam for three & half years& has many disorders pertaining to Agent Orange since appyling for 1986 and has been denied. So much for the VA taking care of our troops.Mrs Luci E lewis

  2. Chrissy Michelle Strawn May 17, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Because my husband and I were forced by circumstances to move from Portland, OR to Salem, OR I no longer have a primary care doctor. My last doctor is at the Fairview CBOC about 80 miles from where I live. And the wait to get a primary care doctor in the Salem CBOC is at 4 years. So the only reasonable option for me is the Choice Program. Now I have a growth on my right temple and need a referral to dermatology ASAP. But with no primary care I am not able to get that referral!!! I need help!

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