Hinesville and Savannah are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 7 — the VA Southeast Network, with the nearest major medical centers in Augusta, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, both about two hours from Fort Stewart. VISN 7 serves the third-largest veteran population in the U.S. and encompasses an area containing VA medical centers and outpatient clinics in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The closest community outpatient clinic is in Savannah.
VA Southeast Network
3700 Crestwood Parkway, Suite 500
Duluth, GA 30096 678-924-5700
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
109 Bee St.
Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-5011
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center consists of one primary, secondary and tertiary care facility in Charleston, serving more than 67,000 veterans in 21 counties, encompassing more than 15,000 square miles. Charleston VAMC is a 149-authorized-bed tertiary care teaching hospital with 20 operating nursing home care beds and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care and services to veterans along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts.
The full range of inpatient and outpatient care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, women’s health and dentistry. Specialty services include cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, mental health programs for PTSD, substance use disorders, military sexual trauma, cardiology, oncology, nephrology, pulmonary and geriatrics. The medical center supports five community-based outpatient clinics in Savannah and Hinesville, Georgia; and Beaufort, Goose Creek and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well as an annex in North Charleston. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center also supports vet centers in Savannah, and Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
950 15th St. (Downtown)
1 Freedom Way (Uptown)
Augusta, GA 30904 706-733-0188
The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is a two-division Medical Center that provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine and spinal cord injury. The Downtown division is authorized for 155 beds (58 medicine, 37 surgery and 60 spinal cord injury). The Uptown division, about 3 miles away, is authorized for 315 beds (68 psychiatry, 15 blind rehabilitation and 40 medical rehabilitation). In addition, a 132-bed Restorative/Nursing Home Care Unit and 60-bed domiciliary are at the Uptown Division.
The medical center prides itself on continually improving and expanding its health care knowledge. It enjoys a strong affiliation with the Medical College of Georgia, providing medical and allied health training to an average of more than 700 students and residents annually. The center’s many programs and services include an active-duty rehab unit, audiology, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, home-based primary care, homeless chronically mentally ill care, hospice, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, neurology, open heart surgery, respiratory therapy, sleep laboratory program, spinal cord injury center, stroke rehabilitation, women’s health and more
The following is a list of clinics and the vet center in Savannah. For a full list of clinics and other facilities, go to www.va.gov/directory/guide/region.asp?ID=1007.
Savannah VA Outpatient Clinic
325 W. Montgomery Crossroad
Savannah, GA 31406 912-920-0214
Hinesville Outpatient Clinic
500 E. Oglethorpe Highway
Hinesville, GA 31313 912-408-2900
Savannah Veterans Center
321 Commercial Drive
Savannah, GA 31406 912-961-5800
Georgia Department of Veteran Service
Floyd Veterans Memorial Building, Suite E-970
Atlanta, GA 30334-4800 404-656-2300
VA Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255
The Department of Veteran Service improves the quality of life for Georgia’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. Veterans within the state can receive health care from a variety of facilities, including two veterans homes. Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll for enhanced care in the VA health care system for five years from their date of discharge or release. The enrollment period begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active-duty service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date. Veterans, including activated reservists and National Guard members, are eligible if they served on active duty in combat after Nov. 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Go to www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/returning_servicemembers.asp.