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VA Southwest Health Care Network


About Us

Veterans Integrated Service Network 18  (VISN 18)

       covers 352,000 square miles of highly diverse geography across the Southwestern United States. The network service area includes Arizona, New Mexico, the western portion of Texas, as well as bordering counties in Colorado and Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2012, we currently served approximately 268,000 veterans residing in the network. Within its vast borders, VISN 18 provides a comprehensive continuum of health care to veterans via 7 health care systems, 5 hospitals, 6 VA nursing home care units, 3 domiciliaries, and 46 outpatient clinics. The Network's Fiscal Year 12 budget was slightly more than $2 billion and employed about 10,500 people.

The network maintains approximately 1,350 inpatient beds and treats 28,000 inpatients annually. VISN 18 also supports 3.1 million outpatient visits each year. Network health care services include inpatient acute care, outpatient and primary care, mental health services, psychosocial rehabilitation, geriatrics care, long-term care, diagnostic services, specialized care such as Blind Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury care, general rehabilitation services, prosthetics, and sensory aids.


     Honor America's veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

Vision Statement

     To be a patient centered integrated health care organization for veterans providing excellence in health care, research, and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner and a back-up for National emergencies.

Core Values

Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.

Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.

Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.

Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.

Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.

Core Characteristics

  • Trustworthy
  • Accessible
  • Quality
  • Innovative
  • Agile
  • Integrated


VISN 18 Area Map 

About VISN 18

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Our Locations

 Amarillo VA Health Care System
 El Paso VA Health Care System
 New Mexico VA Health Care System - Albuquerque, NM
 Northern Arizona VA Health Care System - Prescott, AZ
 Phoenix VA Health Care System
 Southern Arizona VA Health Care System - Tucson, AZ
 West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring, TX