Hershel "Woody" Williams VAMC ranks 83rd in total VA system pending appointments

The Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center in Huntington ranked 83rd among VA health care systems with 58,054 pending appointments across its six locations during the period ending September 1, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in January 2019, reported that wait times for new appointments at VA health care facilities were similar to or better than wait times at private-sector providers between 2014 and 2017.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), however, released a report in July 2019 that cautioned that the VA’s data-tracking system only captures part of the appointment process and fails to account for the time that it takes the VA to enroll veterans in its health benefits program.

At a hearing before the House Veterans Affairs Committee after the report was released, Debra Draper, health care director at the GAO, said new patients may actually wait up to 70 days for an appointment when they first enroll for benefits.

The VA explains on its website that when veterans apply for benefits, they are assigned to one of eight priority groups, with those who need immediate care due to service-related disabilities placed in higher priority groups. Veterans who don’t have service-connected disabilities and who earn a higher income are placed in the lower priority groups.

HCS Rankings of Number of VA Pending Appointments
Rank
Health Care System
Total Pending Appointments Scheduled
1
North Florida/South Georgia VA HCS
267,658
2
Orlando VAMC
237,694
3
VA Atlanta HCS
214,254
4
Michael E. DeBakey VAMC
206,817
5
VA North Texas HCS
203,528
6
VA Central Texas HCS
202,704
7
Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC
202,578
8
James A. Haley VA Hospital
201,928
9
Tennessee Valley HCS
198,815
10
W. G. Hefner VA MC
197,325
11
VA Bay Pines HCS
196,323
12
VA South Texas HCS
179,403
13
VA Caribbean HCS
158,585
14
Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC
156,413
15
VA Phoenix HCS
146,381
16
Fayetteville VAMC
143,433
17
VA Loma Linda HCS
142,948
18
Hunter Holmes McGuire Richmond VAMC
140,190
19
Durham VAMC
138,722
20
VA Southern Nevada HCS
124,201
21
Birmingham VAMC
124,124
22
VA Northern California HCS
122,932
23
VA Central Arkansas HCS
122,901
24
Ralph H. Johnson VAMC
121,543
25
VA Gulf Coast Veterans HCS
119,173
26
VA Greater Los Angeles HCS
116,792
27
West Palm Beach VAMC
116,674
28
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
113,475
29
Oklahoma City VAMC
111,037
30
St. Louis, MO VAMC
109,615
31
VA Pittsburgh HCS
109,179
32
VA Minneapolis HCS
108,744
33
VA Eastern Colorado HCS
107,446
34
VA Miami HCS
107,038
35
VA Southeast Louisiana HCS
105,931
36
Mountain Home VAMC
103,989
37
VA Long Beach HCS
103,539
38
Philadelphia VAMC
101,035
39
Milwaukee VAMC
100,886
40
VA New Jersey HCS
100,107
41
VA Boston HCS
98,431
42
Portland VAMC
97,391
43
Hampton VAMC
95,643
44
VA Southern Arizona HCS
95,267
45
VA San Diego HCS
95,036
46
Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory VA HCS
94,518
47
VA Connecticut HCS
91,206
48
Memphis VAMC
89,484
49
Charles George VAMC
88,890
50
Robley Rex VAMC
88,413
51
VA New Mexico HCS
88,044
52
Syracuse VAMC
87,707
53
Lebanon VAMC
86,204
54
VA Ann Arbor HCS
85,433
55
VA Puget Sound HCS
84,246
56
John D. Dingell VAMC
82,954
57
Richard L. Roudebush VAMC
82,922
58
Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Hospital
82,255
59
Charlie Norwood VAMC
81,480
60
Cincinnati VAMC
81,447
61
Salem VAMC
80,440
62
Providence VAMC
76,414
63
VA Central Alabama HCS
76,367
64
VA Western New York at Buffalo HCS
75,172
65
VA Salt Lake City HCS
71,607
66
Kansas City VAMC
71,196
67
Montgomery VAMC
70,906
68
Wilkes-Barre VAMC
70,447
69
VA of the Ozarks HCS
70,205
70
VA Northern Indiana HCS
69,930
71
VA Maryland HCS
68,719
72
Carl Vinson VAMC
68,426
73
Washington DC VAMC
68,148
74
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa HCS
67,670
75
Dayton VAMC
67,498
76
Overton Brooks VAMC
67,462
77
Jesse Brown VAMC
67,150
78
Muskogee VAMC
63,988
79
VA Maine HCS
63,904
80
VA El Paso HCS
62,409
81
Martinsburg VAMC
60,023
82
Marion VAMC
58,805
83
Hershel 'Woody' Williams VAMC
58,054
84
Battle Creek VAMC
57,842
85
VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend HCS
57,006
86
Albany Stratton VAMC
56,655
87
VA Eastern Kansas HCS
56,285
88
VA Palo Alto HCS
56,155
89
Northport Affairs VAMC
55,750
90
San Francisco VAMC
55,479
91
VA Alexandria HCS
53,824
92
VA NY Harbor HCS
53,643
93
Wilmington VAMC
51,498
94
VA Iowa City HCS
51,436
95
Louis A. Johnson VAMC
50,129
96
Aleda E. Lutz VAMC
49,963
97
Robert J. Dole VAMC
49,221
98
VA Montana HCS
48,283
99
VA St. Cloud HCS
47,100
100
VA Amarillo HCS
46,414
101
VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS
46,381
102
VA Pacific Islands HCS
45,617
103
Madison VA Hospital
45,464
104
VA Sierra Nevada HCS
43,753
105
James E. Van Zandt Altoona VAMC
43,432
106
James J. Peters VAMC
42,521
107
VA Central California HCS
42,235
108
Manchester VAMC
41,642
109
White River Junction VAMC
41,439
110
Lexington VAMC
40,505
111
Sioux Falls VAMC
39,059
112
Roseburg VAMC
38,702
113
VA Illiana HCS
36,916
114
Chillicothe VAMC
36,359
115
Fargo VAMC
35,626
116
Erie VAMC
35,321
117
VA Hudson Valley HCS
34,257
118
Boise VAMC
33,697
119
James A. Lovell Federal HCS
31,722
120
VA Central Iowa HCS
30,780
121
Canandaigua VAMC
29,943
122
Tomah VAMC
29,069
123
Poplar Bluff VAMC
28,787
124
Spokane VAMC
27,832
125
VA Northern Arizona HCS
26,785
126
Beckley VAMC
25,881
127
VA Butler HCS
25,655
128
Coatesville VAMC
24,069
129
Bath VAMC
23,509
130
VA West Texas HCS
21,864
131
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital
21,357
132
Cheyenne VAMC
20,509
133
Tuscaloosa VAMC
19,478
134
Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VAMC
17,662
135
VA Black Hills HCS
17,405
136
Grand Junction VAMC
15,402
137
Oscar G. Johnson VAMC
15,199
138
Southern Oregon HCS
9,805
139
Sheridan VAMC
9,628
140
VA Alaska HCS
8,448
Source: U.S. Veteran’s Administration

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