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Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

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Residency Training sites:

  • Two hospital campuses in Temple and Waco
  • Five outpatient centers in Temple, Temple Annex, Waco, Austin and Cedar Park

Type: Teaching Hospital
Affiliate: Government
Total Beds: 1,419
Professional Pharmacy Staff: 78 pharmacists, 41 pharmacy technicians, 9 administrative staff

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The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) consists of two hospitals located in Temple and Waco; one stand-alone outpatient clinic in Austin; four community based outpatient clinics in Brownwood, Cedar Park, College Station and Palestine; two nursing homes in Temple and Waco; one domiciliary in Temple, a Blind Rehabilitation Unit in Waco and two patient, rehabilitation units for post-traumatic stress disorder and severely mentally ill life enhancement in Waco. With one of the largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the country, CTVHCS was officially named a Mental Health Center of Excellence in 2006.

In FY 2011, CTVHCS had 85,501 Veterans enrolled, 1,108,111 outpatient visits, and 9,324 inpatients treated. CTVHCS is affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M University, Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

The Olin E. Teague hospital in Temple is a tertiary care facility.  It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.  Within Temple are 177 medical/surgical beds, 272 Nursing Home Care Unit beds, 24 palliative care beds, a 408-bed Domiciliary, a 160-bed State Veterans Home, and a new $11.5 million dollar VA Research Institute.  Waco’s inpatient services include 64 intermediate and acute psychiatric beds, and 140 beds long term geropsych beds.  Outpatient mental health services are available in Temple, Waco, and Austin. The Austin VA Outpatient Clinic is a 60,000 square foot facility serving a rapidly growing population of veterans surrounding the State Capitol.

The Department of Pharmacy at the CTVHCS offers a wide range of clinical pharmacy services provided by clinical pharmacists and clinical specialists. Several clinical pharmacists, who work under an approved scope of practice, provide medication management clinics in the areas of primary care, heart failure, psychiatry and hematology.