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Louisville VA Medical Center

Partners and Education

As a teaching hospital, the Robley Rex VAMC provides a full range of services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

Academic Partners

Robley Rex VA Medical Center integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care making it an attractive academic medical center. Its primary affiliation is with the University of Louisville School of Medicine with active residency programs in many medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties in addition to residencies in internal medicine, general surgery and psychiatry. Over 350 University residents, interns, and students are trained at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center each year.

In addition, the medical center is affiliated with over 30 other institutions including, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and St. Catherine College in a variety of areas: audiology and speech pathology, dentistry, laboratory technology, nuclear medicine, nursing, nutrition, ophthalmologic technology, psychology, radiology, rehabilitative medicine, respiratory therapy, social work and seminary.

The medical center also functions as the hub of training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support for most of the residents and many of the critical care nurses in the city of Louisville and in the state of Kentucky.

Robley Rex VA Medical Center also maintains nursing student affiliations with Spaulding University, Bellarmine University, Indiana University Southeast, Spencerian College, Ivy Tech State College, Eastern Kentucky University, McKendree College, St. Catherine College, and State University of New York - Stonybrook. as well as affiliations with the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and St. Catherine College involving dentistry, pharmacy, social work, psychology, and healthcare administration.

Veterans Service Organizations

The Robley Rex VAMC maintains a good working relationship with all of our veteran service organization (VSO) partners. We regularly brief our VSO representatives on changes impacting veterans' health care.

US Department of Defense

The Robley Rex VAMC and Ireland Army Community Hospital (IACH) Ft. Knox have long recognized the opportunities for greater sharing of healthcare resources and have engaged in sharing agreements since the late 1980's. These sharing agreements achieve cost savings to the government as well as increase access to both beneficiary groups.

Today, at Fort Knox IACH, the Robley Rex VAMC manages 70% of all primary care outpatient clinic visits. Additionally, the Robley Rex VAMC is responsible for 39% outpatient psychiatric visits, 27% OB and 27% GYN visits, 47% orthopedic outpatient visits, 41% of orthopedic same day surgeries and 60% of internal medicine outpatient. The VAMC also provides support to the Soldier Readiness clinic located at Fort Knox. This clinic is responsible for the mobilization and demobilization of active duty troops. The Soldier Readiness Clinic also serves as the primary care site for all medical hold soldiers located at Fort Knox. VAMC provides radiology support for Fort Knox by providing a mobile MRI unit 5 days a week and completes 350-400 exams monthly.

The Fort Knox VA/DoD Sharing Program continues to play a significant role in gaining outside revenues for the Robley Rex VAMC while reducing the cost and overhead of Fort Knox IACH on contractor performance of core functions. With the anticipation of additional sharing agreement opportunities, both the Robley Rex VAMC and Fort Knox IACH continue to aggressively seek new and innovative ways to integrate the two healthcare systems. Learn more about the Robley Rex VAMC TRICARE & CHAMPVA programs.

Additional Resources

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