Programs and Services: DVA Spinal Cord Injury Center - James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida


Programs and Services: DVA Spinal Cord Injury Center

Inpatient Care

We provide a patient centered team approach to your inpatient care. You will be involved in your own treatment plan and in making decisions about your care. Your interdisciplinary team will work with you and your family to help you recover from your medical illness and resume functioning as independently as possible.

Team members actively partner with you in the planning and treatment process.

There are three inpatient units for the care of patients with a spinal cord injury or disorder:

  • Unit B — a 10-bed unit for ventilator dependent patients
  • Unit D — a 30-bed unit for rehabilitation patients and patients with medical conditions
  • Unit E — a 30-bed unit for patients with medical or surgical conditions

In addition to the services of the SCI Center you will have access to all the services provided by James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Some of the available services include:

  • Chaplain Services
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Drivers Training
  • Intensive Care
  • Laboratory Services
  • Medical treatment
  • Nursing Care
  • Nutritional services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology Services
  • Radiology Services
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Social Work Services
  • Surgical Services
  • Speech-Language Therapy
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Wound Care

For admission referral information contact SCI Admission Coordinator at 813-972-2000 extension 4754.

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Long-Term Care

We provide a patient centered team approach to long-term care in a home-like environment. You will be involved in your own treatment plan and in making decisions about your care. Your interdisciplinary team will work with you and your family to help you maintain your health.

There are two long-term care units for the care of residents with a spinal cord injury or disorder:

  • Unit FV — a 10-bed unit for ventilator dependent residents or respite care
  • Unit F — a 20-bed unit for residents with long-term care needs or respite care

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Home Care

The SCI Home Care Program consists of the following programs:

Home Care Progressive Rehabilitation (HCPR) Program: Provides rehabilitation services to increase your functional ability and quality of life, and promote involvement in your community.

Comprehensive Home Care Integrated Program (CHIP): Manages your medical, nursing, dietary, medicine, supplies, and social needs in your home. Provides ongoing monitoring of your health.

Long term Care Coordination Program (LTCCP): Case manages your care while staying in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or medical foster home to ensure you receive quality care.

Telehealth Program: Provides health care support using visual and voice communication equipment via your home telephone line.

The Community Enrichment Program: Provides community referrals and is a liaison among you, your caregiver, your home health agency, and the fee basis program.

Your SCI primary care doctor can refer you to the Home Care program that is best for you.

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Outpatient Clinics

The SCI Outpatient Clinics serve over 1400 Veterans each year. We offer the following services:

Annual Health Evaluation: Provides a complete physical exam, screenings and evaluations with an emphasis on health maintenance.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Program: Enhances your independence, function, and conditioning in a program designed for you. Also helps to prevent musculoskeletal and metabolic issues related to immobility.

Primary Care Clinics: Provides outpatient medical care specifically for persons with spinal cord injury or disorder

Specialty Clinics: Focuses on specific issues related to spinal cord injury or disorders

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Wound Care Clinic
  • Pain & Spasticity Clinic

Telephone Liaison (Triage): Provides assistance for urgent issues

During weekdays from 8:00am to 4:00pm

You can make appointments for the Primary Care Clinic and Specialty Clinics by calling:
813-972-2000 extension 7670 or
toll free 888-716-7787 extension 7670.

You can make appointments for the Annual Health Evaluation by calling:
813-972-2000 extension 4767 or
toll free 888-716-7787 extension 4767.

You can call Telephone Liaison (Triage) at
813-972-2000 extension 6610 or
toll free 888-716-7787 extension 6610.

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Respite Care

The respite care program provides a short hospital stay (up to 2 weeks at a time) for Veterans with spinal cord injury or disorder to give their caregiver a rest. You must have a spinal cord injury or disorder, live at home and require much assistance from a caregiver. The program is not designed for those Veterans who do most of their own care.

If you are interested in respite care, please contact your social worker. Do this as far in advance as possible in case there is a waiting list for respite care. The social worker will discuss your respite care stay and answer any questions you may have. After your request is made and approved in advance, the coordinator will schedule your respite care stay.

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Specialty Programs

The SCI Center offers several programs for special groups of Veterans with spinal cord injury or disorder.

ALS Program: This program addresses the complex needs of persons with ALS, including end-of-life issues. We use a team approach with dedicated team members who specialize in ALS. Team members include:

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Palliative care specialist
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Vocational rehabilitation specialist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Speech therapist
  • Dietician

We help provide the equipment and assistance needed for you to remain in your home. We also provide Veteran and family training and support.

Multiple Sclerosis Program: This program addresses the special needs of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). We are a Center of Excellence for MS and are able to offer the latest medications for MS. Your care is coordinated by a neurologist who specializes in MS. We have specialists in MS on staff and many of our nurses are certified in MS. Our team will work with you to maximize your functioning.

 Neurorespiratory Therapy Program: This program provides evidence-based care to improve pulmonary function and aid the shift from mechanical ventilation to spontaneous breathing. The program offers multiple types of neurorespiratory treatments during the first months following a spinal cord injury. This is when the most gains in function occur. Patients with polytrauma, multiple sclerosis (MS), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who are a risk for pulmonary problems also benefit from these treatment options.

Our Neurorespiratory Therapy Program is known nationally for its excellent outcomes and evidence-based therapies. Lung Expansion is an important element of evidence-based neurorespiratory therapy. It consists of:

  • Trendelenburg recumbent body positioning
  • Lung hyperinflation
  • Bronchodilation using medicines
  • Sputum mobilization

Neurorespiratory therapies are provided by Respiratory Therapists with specific training in neurorespiratory care. This additional training is a key predictor of optimal patient care outcomes.

Rehabilitation Program: This program provides intensive rehabilitation of Veterans and Service Members who are newly injured or diagnosed with a spinal cord injury or disorder. The program includes inpatient, outpatient, and home care rehabilitation. As part of the VA Polytrauma System of Care we work closely with the Department of Defense medical centers. We provide services to over 45 newly injured Veterans and Service Members each year.

We use a patient-centered approach with mutual goal setting to help you obtain as much function as possible. Our interdisciplinary team includes:

  • Doctors who specialize in SCI medicine and rehabilitation
  • Psychologists and neuropsychologists
  • Nurses, many who are certified in rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Vocational rehabilitation specialists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Recreational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Chaplain

We offer the latest in rehabilitation care and technology as well as provide training and support to you and your family/caregiver. We help you with equipment to assist with function. The community reintegration element provides exposure to many places and activities in the area to help you adapt. The mentor program links you to a peer with a spinal cord injury or disorder who knows first-hand how to adapt. Our inpatient program will arrange your transition to home. Our outpatient and home care programs can provide additional therapy to help your transition.

Urological Program: This program manages or prevents urological problems through testing and treatment. We offer a full range of urological studies:

  • Post-void residual measurements,
  • Cystometry
  • Cystoscopies
  • Uroflow
  • Video urodynamics studies

The staff members are specially trained in urology and include a doctor who specializes in SCI urology.

Contact Info


  • James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital

Contact Number(s)

  • 813-972-2000 Ext. 6399

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm