Research is an intrinsic part of the VA mission to serve the health care needs of America's veterans.
Discovering new knowledge about medical problems prevalent among veterans is an important part of our commitment to ensuring that veterans receive the best possible care and advances the quality of health care for veterans and for the entire nation.
VA researchers are among the nation's leaders in pioneering groundbreaking approaches to medical science and have increased our knowledge of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, liver disease, and many other illnesses.
VA Bedford's many prestigious research programs include:
- Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center, MIRECC
- Center for studying Parkinson's Disease
- Health Services R&D Centers of Excellence:
Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research (CHQOER)
- Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, GRECC National VA
- Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research Consortium
|The VHA operates the Nation's largest integrated health care system.
VHA provided care to nearly 5 million unique patients and 54 million outpatient visitors in 2006.
|Other Study Programs
|• Parkinson's Disease
|• Huntington's Disease
|• Affective Disorders
|• End stage renal disease
|• Pain medication
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Ongoing research programs throughout the Network include:
- mental health research in
- alcoholism and substance abuse
- mood disorders
- environmental hazards and Persian Gulf research
- health services research
- biomedical research in cardiovascular disease, dementia, and cancer
The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA, provides Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Geriatrics & Extended Care, Primary Care, and Administrative Support services.
In addition to the main medical center, 4 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) are located in Fitchburg, Gloucester, Haverhill and Lynn, MA. The combined facility has 65 authorized hospital beds, 345 Nursing Home beds, 42 PRRTP beds and 40 domiciliary beds for homeless veterans.
|Other Services Provided at Bedford:
|Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Acute Inpatient Psychiatry
Alcohol & Drug Abuse/Addition Rehab
Community Residential Care
Domiciliary Homeless Program
ENT Outpatient Clinic
Geriatric and Extended Long Term Care
Geriatric Research Education Clinical Care (GRECC)
Geriatric Respite Screening
Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV)
Hepatitis C Evaluation for Treatment
Lab Blood Drawing
||Mental Health Services
Education & Clinical Ctr.
Psychiatric Crisis Intervention
Pulmonary Function Test
Veterans Administration Support Housing (VASH)
Veterans Construction Team/VOC. Rehab.
Women's Health Services