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Houston VA Medical Center Wins Excellence In Health Care Award

January 29, 2002

Houston VA Medical Center Wins Excellence In Health Care Award

HOUSTON, TX - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Houston Medical Center's Cardiac Surgery Program received VA's highest health care award for excellence today. The award recognizes VA medical center programs that provide quality service while meeting the highest standards of health care, patient satisfaction, exceptional use of VA resources, and for research.

The Houston Medical Center's Cardiac Surgery Program is one of 65 programs located at 27 VA medical centers to receive the "Clinical Programs of Excellence" award.

Located on a 118-acre campus and built in 1991, the Houston VA Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility with 360 hospital beds, a 40-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, a 120-bed transitional care unit for long term care, and serves nearly 600,000 outpatient visits annually. An automated, computer controlled transport system delivers food, laundry, and supplies throughout the building. The six-story granite building is designed with four exterior sections and four atriums that contain patio gardens, a wheelchair basketball court, and a rehabilitation pool.

"The quality of health care for veterans is a major priority for us," said Medical Center Director Edgar Tucker. "I am very pleased this award recognizes the strides we've made to ensure our veterans get the best quality care."

Tucker said the award is a tribute to the commitment and professionalism of the medical center staff. "We are proud of all the nurses, doctors, technicians, and managers who work around the clock to ensure that our patients' medical needs are met," said Tucker. "We at VA pride ourselves in providing the best quality care for our nation's veterans."

VA operates the largest health care system in the United States, providing care to more than 4 million veterans at more than 1,300 sites, including 163 hospitals, 800 ambulatory care and community-based outpatient clinics, 206 counseling centers, 135 nursing homes, and 43 domiciliary facilities. The award is presented biennially to health care programs at VA medical centers that pass a rigorous review by peers and an evaluation by an independent panel of judges.

Point of Contact: VHAHOU Public Affairs

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