McGuire Veterans Hospital was named after physician Hunter Holmes McGuire (1835-1900). McGuire had served as medical officer for Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson’s command.
The hospital became a receiving center for wounded soldiers. Once stabilized, patients were generally transferred to another medical facility. A rail line from Newport News allowed for transportation from ships directly to the hospital. McGuire offered neurosurgery for the brain, spine treatments, and amputations.
The Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, located in Richmond, Virginia, is a 399-bed facility. It offers primary, secondary, and tertiary health care. Primary and secondary levels of care are provided in psychiatry beds, along with a substance abuse rehabilitation program
Richmond offers a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services including a 12-station dialysis unit. This is in addition to magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac catheterization, mammography, radiation therapy, electrophysiology, photophoresis, and lithotripsy.
Richmond is a national referral center for heart, lung, and liver transplantations. The medical center acts as a tertiary care referral center for subspecialty treatment, traumatic brain injury, open-heart surgery, oncology, and vascular diseases. The medical center has four community-based outpatient clinics. They are located in Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Emporia, and Spotsylvania County, Virginia. These clinics have a strong and mutually beneficial affiliation with the Medical College of Virginia.
Residency programs exist in virtually all general and specialty areas of medicine, rehabilitation, surgery, psychiatry, and dentistry. McGuire VA Medical Center is the host site for one of five Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers in the VA system of care. It also hosts Parkinson’s disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC), one of six in the nation.
This 1.2 million square foot facility is home to the latest and most sophisticated medical equipment and facilities for health care delivery. The first heart transplants in the VA system were performed at the Richmond VaMc. Over three hundred and fifty transplants have been performed at the medical center.
Significant expansions and modernizations have grown McGuire in terms of size, systems, and programs. More than 5,000 patients, visitors, employees, and volunteers pass through its doors daily.
Service areas are as follows: The counties of Amelia, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, New Kent, Middlesex, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond, and Surry. The cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.
McGuire’s mission remains the care and well-being of those men and women who are fighting the nation’s battles.
Hunter Holmes McGuire Hospital campus has wheelchairs upon arrival for patients who need them to access the building.