Corporal Michael J Crescenz VA Medical Center

Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia VA Medical Center provides health care to Veterans living in America’s fifth-largest metropolitan area, including the city of Philadelphia and six surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. The Philadelphia VAMC is part of the VA Healthcare Network – VISN4 and serves as an acute referral center for VA health care facilities in eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey.

The facility is staffed by approximately 2,000 employees and supports 145 acute care beds and 135-bed Community Living Center. Philadelphia VAMC also operates community-based outpatient clinics in Fort Dix, NJ, Gloucester County, NJ, Camden, NJ, and Horsham, PA (Victor J. Saracini VA Outpatient Clinic) in which more than 86,000 Veterans visited in 2012.

More than 57,500 Veterans are enrolled for health care at PVAMC, with nearly 463,000 visits in 2012. The Medical Center has an operating budget of more than $474 million and focuses on several mission areas: providing health care, conducting medical research, training health care professionals for the future, and being prepared to serve in the event of a crisis or emergency.

Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and numerous other allied health schools and colleges, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center offers comprehensive surgical, medical and psychiatric care to include special emphasis programs, alcohol and drug dependence treatment, and rehabilitative care.

The Philadelphia VA Medical Center has the distinction of being awarded several National Research Centers of Excellence including Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC); Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC); Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP); Center of Excellence for Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) and Regional Sleep Center. Philadelphia VAMC is one of the National Polytrauma Rehabilitation network sites and is home to the National Center for Homelessness among Veterans.


Meet the nurse from this location:

Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, FPCN

Penn Nursing Professor & Director, PROMISE Center
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Penn Nursing Professor & Director, PROMISE Center
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, FPCN
Mary first started working in hospice after burning out on the emotionally fraught interactions she often experienced working in hospital Intensive Care Units. Now she helms the incredibly progressive palliative care programs of the VA. She is often touched by the personal letters she receives from family members of deceased veterans, who write to give her feedback about their experiences with the VA's hospice program.
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