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Thursday, March 24, 2011

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In 1865 near the end of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed an act creating the National Asylum (later changed to Home) for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The Eastern Branch at Togus, Maine was the first of the new homes to open in November 1866. In 1989, VA was designated a cabinet-level agency and became the Department of Veterans Affairs. Today, onboard Togus VA campus is a Medical Center, a Regional Office and a National Cemetery. Today, the Medical Center has a staff of over 1,050 personnel representing various disciplines.

Togus provides a wide range of services to US service veterans ices, a special care dementia unit, and a nursing home. Togus VA Medical Center is recognized by the Joint Commission’s national medical accreditation AUGUSTA — The Togus Veterans Affairs Medical group, according to Doherty. The facility has estabCenter is a 67-bed facility that offers a multitude of lished a wide range of mutually-beneficial academic services to U.S. service veterans. affiliations with major U. S. universities and organizaThe center includes general medical, surgical, inter- tions, he said. Togus has also begun a research promediate and mental health services, as well as a 100- gram and plans to expand its scope. bed nursing home with 50 skilled and longer-stay “Our program conducts research into various medbeds and a 50-bed dementia unit. ical and mental health issues to increase knowledge, Togus opened in the fall of 1866 and is the which helps the veterans and those providing them Department of Veterans Affairs’ oldest facility for vet- care,” Doherty said. erans in the country. The Togus campus is located The facility’s emphasis is on primary, specialty, and about four miles east of Augusta. Its buildings sit on preventive care in an outpatient setting, according to more than 500 acres of natural woodlands that is Doherty. home to wildlife habitat. The campus also has a “Our Comprehensive Outpatient Care services are National Cemetery with 5,373 burial sites. provided through hospital-based clinics and six full“The first veteran was buried in the West Cemetery time, community-based clinics in Bangor, Calais, in 1867, and the last burial was in the East Cemetery Caribou, Lincoln, Rumford, and Saco,” he said. in 1961,” said Jim Doherty, spokesman for the center. He said the campus facility provides a full range of medical, surgical, psychiatric and extended care servMore on TOGUS, Page 69 BY VALERIE TUCKER Correspondent

MORE INFORMATION: Type of Facility: • General Medical, Surgical, Psychiatric, and GeriatricExtended Care Services • 67 Medical/Surgical/Mental Health Beds • 100 Nursing Home Beds

Special Programs: • Outpatient Chemical Dependence Recovery • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder • Mental Health Intensive Case Management • Spinal Cord Injury Clinic • Visual Impairment Services • Nursing Home Care Unit • Home Health Services • Home Based Primary Care • Tele-health • Hospice/Palliative Care • Homeless Veterans Services/Support Website:

Contact Numbers: • 24 Hour Nurse: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.: (877) 421-8263 Ext. 7490 • Evenings, weekends, holidays: (877) 421-8263, Ext. 7490, (866) 757-7503. • Appointment Changes: 623-8411 or (877) 421-8263; press “9” • National Veterans Helpline: (800) 507-4571 • Patient Locator: 623-8411; (877) 421-8263, press “0” • Pharmacy Refill: 623-8411, Ext. 5751, or (877) 4218263, Ext. 5751 • Suicide Prevention: (800) 273-TALK (8255) • Telephone Care: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri..; (877)421-8263 xt7490 • Eves., Sat., Sun., Holidays: (877 )421-8263 xt7490; (866)757-7503