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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


About the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center serves more than 58,000 Veterans in 21 counties along the South Carolina and Georgia coastline in our main medical center or one of six community-based outpatient clinics.

Learn more about PFC Ralph H Johnson, USMC.

Community-Based Outpatient Clinics

In addition to our main facility in Charleston, we offer services in six community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in —

  • Myrtle Beach SC
  • Trident/North Charleston, SC
  • Savannah, GA
  • Hinesville, GA
  • Beaufort, SC
  • Goose Creek, SC

Located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the main medical center provides acute medical, surgical, and psychiatric inpatient care, as well as outpatient primary and mental health care to Lowcountry Veterans who require more than 659,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The medical center includes 144 authorized inpatient beds including a 28 bed nursing home unit. Charleston VAMC supports the Vet Centers in North Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, and has received accreditation for several programs. The VAMC's cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons; the VAMC's Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathology; and the VAMC's Diabetes Self-Management Education program received national standards recognition from the American Diabetes Association. The Charleston Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Joint Commission  American College of Surgeons  American Diabetes Association  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


The mission of the Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center is to improve the health of the veteran population by providing primary, specialty, and extended care and related social support services through an integrated healthcare delivery system.

Core 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.


We will be the recognized leader…

  • In providing innovative methods for treating patients and supporting their total health care needs
  • In recognizing and developing employees who enthusiastically and significantly contribute to the medical center and community
  • In conducting meaningful research which provides breakthroughs in treatment and prevention of disease
  • In continually improving everything we do in order to meet the needs of those we serve.