About the VA Central Iowa Health Care System - VA Central Iowa Health Care System
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VA Central Iowa Health Care System


About the VA Central Iowa Health Care System

The VA Central Iowa Health Care System (VACIHCS) operates a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical facility in Des Moines, with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Mason City, Fort Dodge, Knoxville, Marshalltown and Carroll. The medical center provides acute and specialized medical and surgical services, residential outpatient treatment programs in substance abuse and post-traumatic stress and a full range of mental health and long-term care services, as well as sub-acute and restorative rehabilitation services and a domiciliary.

An active graduate medical education program exists at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System. Residents receive training in the areas of general internal medicine, general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, urology and geriatrics. Additionally, medical students from the University of Iowa and Des Moines University receive training at VA CIHCS. Academic affiliations include the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Des Moines area Medical Education Consortium, Inc., and Des Moines University with numerous internship programs in allied health professions.


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


To be a patient-centered, integrated organization providing excellence in health care, research and education. Be an active Federal, State and community partner and a back-up for national emergencies. Be an organization where people choose to work.

ICARE Values

Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.


Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA's mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.


Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.


Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.


Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.


Key Business Drivers

Our key business drivers are patient satisfaction, quality, safety, financial integrity, and employee satisfaction.