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VA Midwest Health Care Network


About VISN 23

 Photo #1-PACT is a partnership between you and your
health care team.  Photo #2-Foster home host Eileen Schmidt, Veteran Bill
Dehart and Kathryn West, LICSW, Minneapolis VA Medical Foster Home Coordinator

Our Mission
Honor America's veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. 

Our Vision
To be a patient centered, integrated health care organization for veterans, providing excellent health care, research and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner and backup
in National emergencies.

Core Values 

I Care Logo Core Values are the basic elements of how we go about our work – they define “who we are” – and form the underlying principles we will use every day in our service to Veterans. The Core Characteristics define “what we stand for” and what we strive to be as an organization.

  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Advocacy
  • Respect
  • Excellence

The VA Midwest Health Care Network, also known as Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 23, is one of 21 Veteran Integrated Service Networks within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration.

The Network serves more than 430,000 enrolled Veterans residing in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  

Map of VISN 23 service area-click to enlarge

Health care services are delivered through an integrated system of 8 hospitals, 63 community based outpatient or outreach clinics, 8 community living centers and 4 domiciliary residential rehabilitation treatment programs. The Network employs over 12,500 full-time employees and has an annual operating budget in excess of $2.5 billion. 


Specialized Programs

  • Rural Health Resource Center (Fargo and Iowa City)
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation (Minneapolis)
  • Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (Minneapolis)
  • TBI Regional Center (Minneapolis)
  • Regional Kidney Transplant Center (Iowa City)
  • Bariatric Surgery Program (Nebraska/Western Iowa Health Care System)
Research Centers
  • Health Science Research and Development Center (Minneapolis)
  • Brain Sciences Center (Minneapolis)
  • Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes (Minneapolis)
  • Center for Research in the Implementation of Innovative Strategies in Practice (CRIISP) (Iowa City)
  • Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss (Iowa City)

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