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South Central VA Health Care Network


About the South Central VA Health Care Network

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The South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16) is one of 18 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VISN 16 serves Veterans in, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida.

VISN 16 serves a population of approximately 1.4M Veterans and more than 450,000 Veterans received care at the eight VAMCs and 61 outpatient sites of care in VISN 16, annually. The medical centers are located in the following cities.


The mission of the Veterans Healthcare System is to serve the needs of America's veterans by providing primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services. To accomplish this mission, VHA needs to be a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that provides excellence in health care value, excellence in service as defined by its customers, and excellence in education and research, and needs to be an organization characterized by exceptional accountability and by being an employer of choice.


Healthcare Value begins with VA. The new Veterans Healthcare System supports innovation, empowerment, productivity, accountability and continuous improvement. Working together, we provide a continuum of high quality health care in a convenient, responsive, caring manner — and at a reasonable cost.

Core Values - "I CARE"

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.


Matthew Gowan
Communications Manager
Ridgeland, MS