Visitor Information - Salem VA Medical Center
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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

VA Chaplains serve all faith traditions and provide continuous programs of specialized care for inpatients, outpatients, families, and hospital staff. We have staff chaplains in Protestant and Catholic traditions and upon request of other faith groups. We maintain a resource listing of local religious leaders to contact as needed. All VA Chaplains are qualified by graduate education, clinical training, pastoral experience, and faith group endorsement to provide spiritual care in a medical health care setting.

Our Goal: Is to provide easy and reliable access to high-quality, timely, integrated spiritual and religious care at Salem VA Medical Center, across the CBOCs & within the community. We partner with all disciplines across the network, with community providers and faith groups to ensure and promote exceptional Salem Experience for Veterans. We collaborate with healthcare providers and community stakeholders to ensure timely delivery of quality Spiritual care or religious rites to Veterans and Veterans Caregivers at the least inconvenience to them.

Our Mission: As a vital component of VA’s Veteran-centered holistic care model, Chaplain Service will provide quality spiritual care and counseling, promote holistic care or bio-psycho-social-spiritual and religious healing and wellness for all Veterans and, nurture the spiritual health of Veterans’ family, caregivers, providers, staff and community stakeholders.

Services Offered

Pastoral and Sacramental Ministries                                 Counseling                            

Professional help in crisis situations:                                     Individual Veterans

Serious illness                                                                     Selected Veterans groups

Poly-Trauma                                                                       Veteran’s family members

Impending death        

Marriage/Relationship Retreats (From Warrior to Soulmate) in April and October. Staff who are Veterans are invited to attend.

Chaplains make periodic visits to the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)

Chaplains provide invocations and benedictions at start or end of public meetings and events.

Note: Due to COVID-19 All group meetings and activities have been suspended



Protestant – Sunday 10:00am                                                   

Catholic Mass – Sundays Noon, Wed. Noon

Referrals to:

Specialized clinical caregivers

Veterans service organizations

Community organizations

Other volunteers as appropriate

Staff Members

Chief Chaplain Barry Eneh

Chaplain Ronald Michaux

Chaplain Evan Spencer

Chaplain Gregory Schmalfeldt

Chaplain on-site duty hours:

Monday-Friday 7:00am – 4:30pm

Saturday 7:45am – 4:30pm

Sunday 7:00am – 3:30pm

Chaplain Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During duty hours: call 540-982-2463 Ext. 2889, 2890, 2891 or 2892.

After hours: call 540-982-2463 and ask to speak to the Administrator on Duty (AOD) to reach the on-call chaplain.


Chapel – (Building 144) enter the main entrance, turn left and follow hallway to chapel entrance.

National VA Chaplains site:
Veterans Crisis Line:  1-800-272-8255

Decendent Affairs

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