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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

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About the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, opened in 1966, is a tertiary care facility located in Charleston, SC, serving over 75,000 Veterans in 21 counties, encompassing more than 15,000 square miles. Charleston VAMC is a 155 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, South Carolina, and Savannah and Hinesville, Georgia, 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, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia.

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


"As a recognized VA and community health care leader, our mission is to embody the legacy of our namesake, Ralph H. Johnson, honoring and celebrating America’s Veterans by providing timely high-quality world-class health care, groundbreaking research, and cultivating tomorrow’s health care professionals in an environment where team members flourish and provide exceptional customer service."


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.


 "Passionately pursuing ways to improve Veterans’ lives."

* The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center was last surveyed for accreditation by The Joint Commission during March 2016.