Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
As a member of one of the world's largest integrated health systems, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) serves as the primary healthcare provider for almost 130,000 Veterans in southeast Texas. The MEDVAMC logs over one million outpatient visits annually. This facility includes the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Katy, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Richmond, Texas City, and Tomball providing care to Veterans outside of Houston.
For more than 75 years, the MEDVAMC staff has provided clinical training for healthcare professionals through affiliations with the Baylor College of Medicine, four colleges of pharmacy, and 144 affiliation agreements with institutions of higher learning in nineteen states. Over 2,000 pharmacy, nursing, dietetics, social work, physical therapy, and medical students 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 to various patient care areas within the hospital. Additionally, the outpatient pharmacy uses an OptiFill tobotics system to fill more than 1,000 prescriptions daily.
The Pharmacy Service is progressive and growing. There is more than 34 Clinical Pharmacy Specialists and 87 Staff Pharmacists who provide clinical services in a variety of specialty care areas. There are many opportunities to develop innovative and advanced patient care practices, in collaboration with the medical team, at this facility.