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Salem VA Medical Center


Visitor Information

Salem VAMC serves Veterans from a 26-county area in southwestern Virginia. In addition to our main medical center in Salem, we offer a number of services to our patients in our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). See the CBOC locations on the right.

Waiting Areas

For your convenience, designated waiting areas are located throughout the facility. You may also want to review our Visiting Hours and Policies. If you are visiting a Veteran in an intensive care unit, a phone is conveniently located at the unit entranceway. Please use this phone to contact the nursing station for admittance.

VA Police

Police Logo

Salem Veterans Affairs (VA) Police Service consists of federal police officers who provide 24-hour patrols of the facility and parking lots. For general police assistance, please dial 2225. In case of an emergency, dial 2224. If calling from off the campus, you may contact the VA Police by calling (540) 983-1044. Report all suspicious or criminal activity, vehicle accidents, and personal property losses to the VA Police while on the facility grounds immediately.

Several of our parking lots are equipped with emergency call boxes that automatically ring to the Police Communications Center and answered by a Police dispatcher. Emergency call boxes are also located throughout some hallways in the facility and are also answered by a Police dispatcher.

The Salem VAMC is equipped with security cameras throughout the campus which are monitored by the dispatchers in the VA Police Communication Center 24-hours a day.

Because the Medical Center is Federal property, all persons and bags are subject to search. In addition, weapons, alcohol, and illegal drugs are prohibited. VA Police enforce posted rules and regulations, to include speed limits, and parking regulations. Enforcement action is through usage of Courtesy Violation Notice, U.S. District Court Violation Notice, or physical arrest as appropriate.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is located in the Clothing & Valuables Room in the basement of Building 143, Room BD120, phone 1-540-982-2463, ext. 2854.

Chaplain Service/Chapel

Chaplain services include pastoral care, spiritual help, and counseling for all Veterans at the Veteran’s request. Chaplains also provide religious reading materials upon request. Chaplain Service provides Memorial Services for deceased Veterans several times a year.  Protestant Sunday Services are in the Chapel each Sunday at 10am.  Special Holiday Services are schedule throughout the year.  The Chapel is available for Muslim prayer each Friday afternoon 1:30 to 3:30pm. 

The Chapel is located in Building 144 next to Building 12 and is available 7 days a week 8a-4:30p for meditation and prayer except when in use for a religious service. Chaplains are available during regular business hours 7 days a week and  24/7 via on-call. You may request that your nurse or medical clerk contact one of the Chaplains at ext. 2887.  After hours, the Administrative Officer on Duty will call the Chaplain that is on-call for urgent matters.

Decendent Affairs

Decendent Affairs is located in Building 144 and may be reached by calling 1-540-982-2463, ext. 2165.


CWT Greenhouse

The Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Greenhouse is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, year-round (except Holidays). It is located in the courtyard behind building 8. All plants are grown and cared for by Veterans in the vocational program. Contact the Greenhouse at 1-540-982-2463, ext. 2218 for more information.

Directions to the Greenhouse: Enter the VA grounds at the stoplight entrance. Take the first left onto Patriot Circle, towards Building 8. Immediately after Building 8, before Building 7, turn right onto Garden Square. Drive through the opening in the walkway (stop and honk first!) and bear right. Parking is next to the Greenhouse.