Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center

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Coordinates: 37°29′53″N 77°28′01″W / 37.49796°N 77.46681°W / 37.49796; -77.46681

Color photograph of a standing man in uniform (left) and man in wheelchair with casts on right foreleg and left forearm (right).
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West speaks with Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Michael Shepard at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center
Color photograph of a man in uniform (left) talking to a man in an electric wheelchair (right) who is flanked by women and children.
Marine Corps Sgt. Joshua Boucard and his family at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center

Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center, also known as Richmond VA Medical Center or McGuire VA Hospital, is located in Richmond, Virginia.

History[edit]

The facility is named in honor of Hunter Holmes McGuire, M.D. (1835-1900), a famous Virginian notable for being the young personal physician to Confederate Major General Stonewall Jackson during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

The Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center was established on the land of Broadrock that was once a horse racing track built soon after the Civil War in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The land was purchased by Thomas Marcellous Cheatham in 1892 and built a home for himself and his new bride.[citation needed] After World War II along State Route 10 and Richmond's Belt Boulevard, an early highway bypass. That area of the county, about 6 miles (10 km) from downtown Richmond in the Southside area, was annexed by the independent city in 1970. The Cheatham family had no choice and had to give up their land under eminent domain.

The facility was the first Veterans Administration hospital to perform heart transplant surgery in the 1970s. It is also a major facility for patients with spinal cord injuries. The physical plant was entirely rebuilt and expanded in the late 20th century.

The Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center offers alternative medicine such as acupuncture and a "zen den".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emily Wax-Thibodeaux (October 15, 2014). "At VA, exploring alternative therapies for chronic pain and other ailments". Washington Post. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 

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