VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) Center
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center opened in 1974 and quickly established a reputation of excellence in clinical care, education of staff and future health professionals, and clinical research. The Center is affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine and has been a pioneer in providing comprehensive care for individuals with spinal cord injury. We also offer services for persons with spinal cord disorders such as multiple sclerosis and post-polio syndrome.
The VA Palo Alto SCI/D Center is part of a National System of Care that is organized in a Hub and Spokes model to ensure the provision of coordinated and comprehensive patient-centered care. This system includes 25 SCI/D Primary Care Specialty Centers and over 130 affiliated SCI/D Clinics, organized in a “Hub-and-Spoke” network in which each center (“Hub”) oversees a group of clinics (“Spokes”) in order to deliver comprehensive and coordinated specialty care.
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The program is staffed by a team of experts who utilize a rehabilitation model of healthcare with a primary care focus. The staff takes pride in providing lifelong, comprehensive, personalized care that extends from the hospital into the home and community. In addition, we have a strong relationship with the Bay Area and Western Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). This allows us to work collaboratively in effectively caring for our patients.
For more information, download the SCI brochure.