The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) provides high quality health care with advanced technologies and a commitment to friendly, compassionate service to more than 235,266 veterans in the San Diego and Imperial Valley counties. VASDHS provides medical, surgical, mental health, geriatric, spinal cord injury, and advanced rehabilitation services. VASDHS has 256 hospital beds, including skilled nursing beds and operates several regional referral programs including cardiovascular surgery and spinal cord injury. The facility also supports three Vet Centers at the following locations: Chula Vista, San Diego, and San Marcos.
They are affiliated with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and provide training for 1,638 medical interns, residents and fellows, as well as 82 other teaching affiliations for nursing, pharmacy, dental, and dietetics. VASDHS has one of the largest research programs in the VA nationally with a budget of $55.5 million (FY 2010), 195 principal investigators, and 516 projects.
In addition to the main facility in San Diego, it offers services in six community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in: Chula Vista, Escondido, El Centro, San Diego (2), and Oceanside.