Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) - Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

About the Program

The Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders Center of Excellence (SCI&D COE) at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Health Administration began operations in 1947 and is one of the largest of the 24 spinal cord injury centers in the Veterans Health Administration.

The SCI&D COE is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and affiliated with the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Model Spinal Cord System. Richmond is a regional referral center that serves 13 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across four Veteran Integrated Service Networks (VISN 4, 5, 6, and 9) and five states and the District of Columbia. We also receive patients from Department of Defense Medical Centers and private hospitals.

The SCI&D COE multidisciplinary teams provide lifetime care and coordination of medical and equipment needs for veterans with spinal cord injuries. The service is comprised of 80 inpatients beds, an outpatient clinic and a 20 bed lodger unit. Our service typically handles 550 admissions per year, provides rehabilitation services to approximately 55 newly injured veterans annually, and counts nearly 1,000 outpatient visits each year. 

For patients with new injuries or new problems, diagnostic, surgical and early post-injury management is provided. Our rehabilitation program is designed to maximize physical and psychological independence.  Beyond the rehabilitation phase, the team provides ongoing follow-up care including primary care, preventive care and specialty care in areas where spinal cord injured patients are prone to experience unique problems.  Specialty care services are provided in the medical center for all medical and surgical subspecialties.

The Richmond SCI&D COE has a very active research program including protocols for exercise and metabolism, functional electrical stimulation, manual assist and robotic partial weight-bearing treadmill training, body composition assessment and obesity prevention, bladder management, wound care, educational outcomes, vocational outcomes, wheelchair prescription and utilization, spasticity management and pulmonary care. We also have an ACGME accredited SCI Fellowship program and are a clinical training site for PM&R resident physicians, physician assistants, nurses, PTs, OTs, KTs, Recreational Therapists, Psychologists and Social Workers interested in SCI&D.

Paralyzed Richmond VAMC patient walks with the help of ReWalk technology:

Summary of Our Services

  • Primary and acute care
  • 24 hour/7 days week medical care
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Rehabilitation 
  • Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning
  • Comprehensive SCI annual evaluations
  • SCI Outpatient Clinic
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation services
  • Roll in Clinic
  • SCI&D Homecare
  • Patient Education Classes
  • Patient and Family Support Group
  • Computer lab
  • Driver Education
  • Peer Counseling Program
  • Wound Care management
  • Smoking Cessation program
  • Short Term Outpatient Lodging
  • Respite Care
  • Caregiver Training
  • Recreation and Sports Programs
  • Vocational & Educational Counseling
  • Spinal Cord Injury Research

SCI Related Links and Materials


Contact Info


  • SCI Outpatient Clinic
    First floor, Room 1V

Contact Number(s)

  • 804-675-5000 Ext. 5128

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm