As a member of one of the world's largest integrated health care systems, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) serves as the primary health care provider for more than 103,000 veterans in southeast Texas. In fiscal year 2011, the MEDVAMC logged over 1,000,000 outpatient visits. This includes the satellite clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, and Richmond, providing care to veterans outside of Houston.
For more than 75 years, the MEDVAMC staff has provided clinical training for health care professionals through affiliations with the Baylor College of Medicine, four colleges of pharmacy, and 85 other educational and research institutions. Hundreds of health care students from fields such as pharmacy, nursing, dietetics, social work, and physical therapy receive training at the MEDVAMC each year.
Located on a 118-acre campus and built in 1991, the MEDVAMC is a state-of-the-art facility with 452 hospital beds, a 40-bed spinal cord injury center, and a 120-bed transitional care center for long-term care. An automated, computer-controlled transport system delivers food, laundry, and supplies throughout the building. The MEDVAMC also uses robotic helpmates that transport medications and supplies from the pharmacy to various nursing units within the hospital. The MEDVAMC Outpatient Pharmacy uses an OptiFill Robot to fill more than 800 prescriptions per day.
The Pharmacy Service is progressive and growing and currently consists of 22 clinical pharmacy specialists and 83 staff pharmacists who provide pharmacy services in a variety of specialty areas. There is ample opportunity for pharmacists to develop innovative and advanced patient care practices in collaboration with the medical staff at this federal facility.