Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital

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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital
VA Heartland Network
Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital.JPG
Location Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, United States of America
Coordinates 38°56′12″N 92°19′44″W / 38.93671°N 92.32892°W / 38.93671; -92.32892Coordinates: 38°56′12″N 92°19′44″W / 38.93671°N 92.32892°W / 38.93671; -92.32892
Care system Tertiary
Hospital type General
Affiliated university U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Beds 123
Founded 1972

The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital is a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital located in Columbia, Missouri. Located by the University of Missouri campus, the Truman Memorial VA Hospital has a coverage area of 43 counties in Missouri and Illinois and serves more than 38,000 veterans inpatient and 314,000 veterans outpatient.[1][2] It is affiliated with the University of Missouri School of Medicine. The medical center provides primary care, surgical, mental health, medical, geriatric, transitional, rehabilitative, and hospice services.[3] The Truman VA has achieved some of the best scores in the state of Missouri for JCAHO Quality Reporting.


The Truman VA building was constructed between 1966 and 1972 at a cost of $15 million. In 1975, by an act of Congress, it was legally named Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital.

The Truman VA is the only hospital in the Heartland Network — including Missouri, Kansas, and parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Arkansas — that has a referral center for open heart surgery. At least 250 heart surgeries per year are performed at the hospital.[4]

In 1995 a new ambulatory care building was built, adding 106,000 square feet (9,800 m2) onto the north side of the hospital. The two-story ambulatory care center was dedicated March 20, 1998, and cost $15.1 million.[4]

In August 2009, ground was broken on a 27,000-square-foot (2,500 m2), $25 million expansion to add a suite of operating rooms and renovate existing floor space. The new building will house five operating room suites, two dedicated to open heart surgery, two general purpose, and one dedicated to special procedures.[5] The old operating rooms will also be gutted to house a new post-anesthesia care unit and pre-operation room.[6] The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in November 2010, with the entire project complete by mid-2012.[7]

The Truman VA was awarded $8 million in stimulus package funds to replace or renovate existing hospital components, which was completed in 2011.[8]

Additional facilities[edit]

The Truman VA maintains eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Waynesville, Kirksville, Mexico, St. James, MO, Osage Beach, Jefferson City, Sedalia, and Marshfield that provide access to primary care and mental health services.[9] The CBOC in Marshfield does not currently provide mental health services.

Research program and affiliations[edit]

The Truman VA is affiliated with the University of Missouri School of Medicine and supports 83 resident doctor positions, as well providing a clinical site for other professions within the health field. In 2009, 52 research projects were active at the VA hospital, and included important areas like diagnostic imaging, cancer therapy, cardiovascular disease, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, geriatrics, pulmonary care, and the development of new radiopharmaceuticals.

The Truman VA participates in the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (MARRTC), which is the only federally funded arthritis rehabilitation research and training center in the country. The MARRTC provides research and public awareness regarding arthritis and to improve the quality of life and promote independent living among people with arthritis and arthritic conditions.[10]

The Medical Center also contains the Biomolecular Imaging Center (BIC) which offers VA, and affiliated MU researchers, state of the art molecular and anatomic in vivo imaging capabilities.[11]


  1. ^ Wilder, Amy (2009-06-14). "Building boom shows health care sector strength - Columbia Daily Tribune : Ourtown". Columbiatribune.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  2. ^ http://www.columbiamo.va.gov/docs/2009_Annual_Report.pdf
  3. ^ "Top American Hospitals - US News Best Hospitals". Health.usnews.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  4. ^ a b Williams, Andrew (2009-08-07). "Truman Veterans Hospital construction project to break ground Aug. 10". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  5. ^ Canipe, Chris (2009-08-07). "VA Hospital Expansion". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  6. ^ Williams, Andrew (2009-08-07). "Truman Veterans Hospital construction project to break ground Aug. 10". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  7. ^ Williams, Andrew (2009-08-11). "Truman Veterans Hospital holds groundbreaking ceremony". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  8. ^ Wilder, Amy (2010-04-09). "VA hospital grabs funds for renovations - Columbia Daily Tribune : Local News". Columbiatribune.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  9. ^ Cullen, Thomas. "Truman Veterans Hospital works to enhance mental health assistance". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  10. ^ "Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center". Marrtc.org. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  11. ^ "Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital - Research Program". .va.gov. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 

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