Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center
The Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center offers patients medical, surgical, psychiatric, and long-term care. This 216-bed facility offers primary, secondary, and some tertiary care. In 2009, this facility provided health care services to over 65,000 area veterans. The facility is located at 6439 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina. It can be reached by phone at (803) 776-4000. The Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is also a teaching hospital and offers a full range of services with the help of state-of-the-art research, technology, and education. To facilitate patient education, the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center offers a number of resources, including outpatient classes on nutrition education, weight reduction, diabetes, and health promotion, among other topics. The facility also offers inpatient classes and support groups. This hospital is also dedicated to aiding the education of future professionals in the health care field, maintaining 77 affiliation agreements in 21 disciplines with 48 institutions. These institutions include Palmetto Health Richland, Midlands Technical College, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, and the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. All told, this center offers training to over 700 annually, including 50 resident and fellow positions and about 165 residents/fellows who rotate through the center every year. Before patients visit the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, or any VA healthcare facility, they must first determine their eligibility by applying for their healthcare benefits. Following the confirmation of their eligibility, patients should schedule an appointment with the center because walk-in appointments are not permitted. In order to serve the maximum number of veterans on a daily basis, patients are encouraged to notify the facility as soon as possible if an appointment cannot be kept. This enables for the quick rescheduling of the appointment, as well as giving the clinic the ability to schedule another patient in the vacated time slot.