About Hines SCI/D - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital


About Hines SCI/D

The Hines Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder (SCI/D) Service provides state of the art specialty care to veterans from an eight state area. In 2005, we opened a new 58,000 square foot SCI/D facility. Our staff are proud to care for veterans from World War II through the current Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Hines VA remains concerned with the issues pertaining to the quality of care for spinal cord impaired persons, has requested the provision of contemporary equipment, physician training and allied technologies for our population.  We have a long and proud history of caring for these veterans and are proud to serve them in our new accommodations.

Our renowned program provides rehabilitation services for paraplegic, tetraplegic, as well as ventilator-dependant spinal cord disorders. The SCI/D Center at Hines also cares for veterans with non-traumatic spinal problems, such as MS and spinal infections resulting in paraplegia or tetraplegia. We also offer a range of outpatient services, including psychology and a Hospital Based Home Care program including telemedicine consultations and follow up.  Hines SCI/D also serves as a Hub Site to advise and assist other VA’s in our region with provision of SCI/D care. Hines SCI/D communicates with other VA facilities regarding spinal cord diseases and disorders.

Hines VA Hospital has embraced computer technology and medical applications of information transfer with marked success.  Hines SCI/D has repeatedly been selected as the pilot or initiation site for new programs and we are committed to offering our patients the most technologically advanced care available today.

Unique to the Hines SCI/D Service was the creation, in 1991, of a free-standing long term care facility, the Robert C. Fruin Community Living Center.  Today, four other such facilities exist in the VA system.

Acute Medical Services

The SCI Center has two 30 bed acute care inpatient units, fully staffed by a dedicated multidisciplinary treatment team including medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, spiritual support, educational therapy and recreational therapy. Other services important to a spinal cord injured Veteran, such as speech, psychiatry, urology, neurology, and surgery are available through in-house consultants.  We treat acute illnesses often seen in a spinal cord injured patient including urinary tract infections, pneumonia, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and pressure sores to name a few.

Outpatient Care

The primary care outpatient clinic is dedicated for spinal cord injured Veterans. The clinic is staffed by SCI Board Certified primary care physicians, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, a health care technician, and support staff. Electrocardiograms as well as teleretinal screening imaging for diabetics are performed on site. In addition to visits for acute illness, the outpatient clinic serves the important function of performing a comprehensive annual preventive evaluation for Veterans enrolled in our program.

Home Care

The SCI Service has a dedicated home care program, staffed by registered nurses, a social worker and support staff. The purpose of the home care program is to provide in-home monitoring of the newly injured Veteran, as well as established SCI Veterans at risk for additional medical problems. Home care staff conduct home evaluations to address issues with accessibility and will visit the Veteran in their home as frequently as is necessary to maintain their health status. Veterans with secondary conditions such as diabetes and COPD can also participate in the hospital based telemedicine monitoring program for additional preventive care. In addition to the Veterans enrolled in the home care program, home care staff also monitor SCI Veterans residing in community nursing homes.

The SCI Residential Care Facility / Community Living Center Team

The 30 bed residential, long-term care facility, especially designed and staffed for spinal cord injured Veterans. On site staff services includes medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, educational therapy and recreational therapy. Other services important to a spinal cord injured Veteran, such as speech, psychiatry, urology, neurology, and surgery are available through in-house consultants.


  • 100% of outpatients rated staff courtesy and overall quality of care as "Very Good" or "Excellent".
  • 92% of Veterans completing the Acute Rehabilitation Program rated the rehabilitation Services as "Very Good" or "Excellent".
  • 66% of discharged patients reported their overall care they received as "Very Good" or "Excellent".
  • 63% of discharged patients reported staff courtesy as "Very Good" or "Excellent".
  • 100% of Veterans returned home to live independently in the community after completing the acute rehabilitation program.
  • The average length of time to complete the SCI acute rehabilitation program was 32 days.