VA is a leader in spinal cord injury care, providing Veterans a coordinated continuum of services that enable greater independence and a higher quality of life. Our Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders (SCI/D) System of Care is organized in a network of “hubs and spokes.” At VA’s 24 nationwide hubs, multidisciplinary teams—including doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, psychologists and others—are on hand to treat patients with spinal cord injuries. These hubs work closely with surrounding medical facilities that do not have SCI/D centers, known as spokes, to ensure Veterans receive primary care from providers with SCI/D training who can monitor the development any spinal cord-related issues.
SCI/D hubs are equipped with up-to-date technology to best serve Veterans through each stage of treatment and recovery. At the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, for example, Veterans have access to a wealth of clinical resources:
• Outpatient clinic
• Home care program
• Urodynamics lab
• Occupational therapy lab
• Physical therapy and kinesiotherapy clinic
• Therapeutic pool
• Transitional living apartment for training and more
Also, the new Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, opening August 4 in Denver, Colorado, features a 30-bed inpatient SCI/D Center providing full rehabilitative, surgical, respite, tele-health and long-term care. It’s all part of VA’s commitment to deliver comprehensive, compassionate health care to Veterans nationwide.
The advancement and expansion of these critical SCI/D services mean more opportunities to experience a challenging and rewarding career serving Veterans. You’ll gain experience treating the complex physical and psychosocial needs unique to SCI/D. Make the most of your advanced knowledge and skills with VA and make a difference in the lives of our nation’s heroes. Ready to join VA? Explore our current opportunities and apply today.