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.
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.