VA ranked number one in country

The VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Conn., one of 153 Veterans Affairs hospitals in the United States, has been ranked number one in the country for clinical care among the system’s tertiary facilities by the Veterans Administration. 

The Connecticut VA achieved a perfect score in performance measures in three of nine categories: acute myocardial infarction, tobacco screening, and heart failure. For behavioral health screening, community-acquired pneumonia, and surgical complications it achieved a rating of “exceptional.” 

“We’re not one of the largest or most well-funded facilities, but we tend to be very efficient and provide outstanding care,” said Gary V. Desir, M.D. ’80, professor of medicine (nephrology) and chief of medical services at the West Haven VA.