About the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC - Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
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Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC

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About the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC

The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center (CMCVAMC) is a Joint Commission accredited, tertiary care teaching hospital serving 58,000 Veterans in the nation’s sixth-largest metropolitan area, including the city of Philadelphia and its surrounding six counties in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. The VA Medical Center is in West Philadelphia’s University City District. Adjacent to it is its Community Living Center (CLC). It also has VA outpatient clinics in Burlington County, NJ, Gloucester County, NJ, and Camden County, NJ, and the Victor J. Saracini Outpatient Clinic in Horsham, PA and in West Philadelphia which opened March 2019. In addition, there is an outpatient dialysis facility located in West Philadelphia and a Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) in Southwest Philadelphia. The medical center was renamed from the Philadelphia VA Medical Center to its current name in 2015 in honor of the only Philadelphian, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz, to serve in Vietnam and receive the Medal of Honor.
Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and numerous other allied health schools and colleges, the CMCVAMC offers comprehensive surgical, medical and psychiatric care to include special emphasis programs, alcohol and drug dependence treatment, and rehabilitative care.

The CMCVAMC has the distinction of being awarded several National Research Centers of Excellence including Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC); Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC); Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP); Center of Excellence for Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) and Regional Sleep Center.  Crescenz VAMC is one of the National Polytrauma Rehabilitation network sites and is home to the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans.

Our Mission Statement

Honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being.

Our Vision Statement

To be a patient-centered, integrated health care organization for Veterans providing excellence in health care, research and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner; and a back-up for national emergencies.

VA Core Values

Because I CARE, I will…

Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.

Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.

Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.

Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.

Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.

VA Core Characteristics

Trustworthy: VA earns the trust of those it serves – every day – through the actions of all employees. They provide care, benefits, and services with compassion, dependability, effectiveness, and transparency.

Accessible: VA engages and welcomes Veterans and other beneficiaries, facilitating their use of the entire array of its services. Each interaction will be positive and productive.

Quality: VA provides the highest standard of care and services to Veterans and beneficiaries while managing the cost of its programs and being efficient stewards of all resources entrusted to it by the American people. VA is a model of unrivalled excellence due to employees who are empowered, trusted by their leaders, and respected for their competence and dedication.

Innovative: VA prizes curiosity and initiative, encourages creative contributions from all employees, seeks continuous improvement, and adapts to remain at the forefront in knowledge, proficiency, and capability to deliver the highest standard of care and services to all of the people it serves.

Agile: VA anticipates and adapts quickly to current challenges and new requirements by continuously assessing the environment in which it operates and devising solutions to better serve Veterans, other beneficiaries, and Service members.

Integrated: VA links care and services across the Department; other federal, state, and local agencies; partners; and Veterans Services Organizations to provide useful and understandable programs to Veterans and other beneficiaries. VA’s relationship with the Department of Defense is unique, and VA will nurture it for the benefit of Veterans and Service members.


Rita Chappelle
Chief, Medical Media and External Affairs
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center