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50 largest VA hospitals by number of staffed beds

50 largest VA hospitals by number of staffed beds

Since 1930, the United States has provided medical services for war veterans at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. Veterans who served in the active army, naval, or air service with an honorable discharge all qualify for VA services.

Serving more than nine million veterans each year, the VA is the largest healthcare system in the U.S. It’s comprised of hundreds of hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and more.

VA hospitals in the U.S. continue to impact the broader healthcare industry. They often have a notable contribution to biomedical and clinical research and are a leader in the education of medical professionals.

Below, we rank the top veterans’ hospitals in the U.S. by the number of staffed beds.

50 largest VA hospitals by number of staffed beds

RankHospital nameStateDefinitive ID# of staffed beds
1Biloxi VA Medical CenterMS2267716
2Southern Oregon VA Rehabilitation Center (AKA White City VA Medical Center)OR851198600
3Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical CenterOH3127586
4West Los Angeles VA Medical CenterCA428500
5Edward Hines Jr VA HospitalIL1163483
6Cincinnati VA Medical CenterOH3157463
7West Roxbury VA Medical CenterMA274099448
8Brockton VA Medical CenterMA274100448
9Bath VA Medical CenterNY2900440
10James A Haley Veterans HospitalFL819415
11St Cloud VA Medical CenterMN2224388
12Bruce W Carter VA Medical CenterFL861372
13H John Heinz III Department of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterPA551521358
14Perry Point VA Medical CenterMD541824357
15John J Cochran Veterans HospitalMO2445355
16Michael E DeBakey VA Medical CenterTX3991350
17San Juan VA Medical CenterPR4667348
18Alvin C York Veterans Administration Medical CenterTN541828347
19James J Peters VA Medical CenterNY14311
20Minneapolis VA Medical CenterMN2150309
21Coatesville VA Medical CenterPA3478302
22Jennifer Moreno Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (FKA San Diego VA Medical Center)CA539296
23Tucson VA Medical CenterAZ2295
24Seattle VA Medical CenterWA4368291
25Dallas VA Medical CenterTX3915289
26Malcom Randall Department of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterFL7289
27Joseph Maxwell Cleland Atlanta VA Medical Center (AKA Atlanta VA Medical Center)GA978285
28Battle Creek VA Medical CenterMI1999276
29Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center (AKA Richmond VA Medical Center)VA4337273
30Audie L Murphy VA HospitalTX3854268
31West Palm Beach VA Medical CenterFL878254
32Tomah VA Medical CenterWI4539246
33Memphis VA Medical CenterTN3815244
34Fort Wayne VA Medical CenterIN541831243
35Nashville VA Medical CenterTN3749238
36Tibor Rubin VA Medical CenterCA394237
37Portland VA Medical Center - Main CampusOR3416231
38Kerrville VA Medical CenterTX541836226
39Canandaigua VA Medical CenterNY2864218
40William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical CenterSC3665216
41West Haven VA Medical CenterCT4216
42Sheridan VA Medical CenterWY4619208
43Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (FKA Waco VA Medical Center)TX274162204
44Jesse Brown VA Medical CenterIL1155200
45New Orleans VA Medical CenterLA541835200
46Lexington VA Medical Center - Troy Bowling CampusKY541827199
47Lexington VA Medical Center - Franklin R Sousley CampusKY1659199
48Captain James A Lovell Federal Health Care CenterIL1209199
49Buffalo VA Medical CenterNY2785199
50Milwaukee VA Medical Center (AKA Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center)WI4537196

Fig 1. Data from the Atlas Dataset. VA hospitals do not report financial data to CMS or commercial entities. Data accurate as of May 2024.

Which veterans’ hospitals have the most staffed beds?

From the table above we can see that Biloxi Medical Center in Mississippi has the most staffed beds at 716. Also among the top VA hospitals are Southern Oregon VA Rehabilitation Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and Edward Hines Jr. VA hospital. These facilities are in Oregon, Ohio, California, and Illinois respectively.

Despite many of the top VA hospitals being in the southern or western regions of the U.S., most VA hospitals are clustered in the Northeast and Midwest. This likely correlates to the higher population density of veterans in these areas.

What are Veterans Affairs hospitals?

VA hospitals are medical facilities run by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provide healthcare services to eligible veterans, their dependents, and survivors. These hospitals are generally well-regarded for their quality of care.

While VA hospitals prioritize patients who incur service-related permanent disabilities, these facilities provide a wide range of services common to traditional hospitals. This includes surgery, critical care, pharmacy, primary care, specialty care, rehabilitation services, mental health, and more.

Specialized services and programs at VA hospitals

VA hospitals have played an important role in the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), with many facilities offering specialized programs and services for these conditions.

Like teaching hospitals, VA hospitals are known for their research programs, which have led to many important medical breakthroughs. For example, the VA invented the first clinically successful cardiac pacemaker.

Many VA hospitals dedicate resources to advancing medical research in war-related conditions such as PTSD, traumatic amputations, and illnesses related to the Gulf War, among others.

Veterans integrated service networks

There are 18 Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISNs) in the United States, with only two representing a single state. Like an integrated delivery network (IDN), a VISN is a regional care system. The ultimate goal of a VISN is to meet local care needs and improve population health access.

VISNs handle the day-to-day functions of VA hospitals. They also provide clinical and administrative support for these facilities. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) oversees VISNs and VA hospital performance.

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Ethan Popowitz

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