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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, opened in 1966, consists of one primary, secondary, and tertiary care facility located in Charleston, SC, serving over 67,000 Veterans in 21 counties, encompassing more than 15,000 square miles. Charleston VAMC is a 149 authorized bed tertiary care teaching hospital with 20 operating nursing home care beds, and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care and services to Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. The full range of inpatient and outpatient care is provided including Medical and Surgical Intensive Care, and Medical/Surgical. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center provides comprehensive health care through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, women's health and dentistry. Specialty services include Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Mental Health programs for PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, Military Sexual Trauma, Cardiology, Oncology, Nephrology, Pulmonary and Geriatrics. The VAMC includes five Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) located in Beaufort, Goose Creek and Myrtle Beach, SC, and Savannah and Hinesville, GA, as well as an annex in North Charleston. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center also supports three Vet Centers located in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, SC, and Savannah, GA.

Learn more about PFC Ralph H Johnson, USMC.

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.