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2 VA hospitals. Which one?

I'll be moving to the Elkton/Newark area soon. I notice there are 2 VA hospitals in driving distance.
Wilmington and Coatesville,Pa.
Anyone with any experience at them? Which is better for major medical problems?
Patient care? Cleanliness? Admin.?

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This is the one my dad uses. Closest to the VA nursing home in Bensalem he’s in. No complaints from him.
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VA rates their facilities on a complexity model 1A through 3; a 1A facility being the most and level 3 being least; there are in total of 5 levels, 1A, 1B, 1C, 2, and 3.

Wilmington VA Medical Center is complexity rated as a 2; ranks overall with a score of 81 which is in VA's top 10% for that complexity rating (see link provided for more info).

Coatesville VA Medical Center is a complexity level 3 facility (i.e., slightly less capable than Wilmington) and scores overall with a 100 which of course is in VA's top 10% for that complexity level.

VA Access to Care Scoring which shows the facility as compare other non-VA facilities in that area:
https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Heal...A&f=562&m=CARE

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Thank you, Mightydog. Unfortunately it will be too far away.
While I can drive, I don't feel comfortable on the interstate anymore. Wilmington is a straight 12 mile shot on Kirkwood Hwy. from Newark, De., Coatesville, PA. is 24 miles and easy 2 lane driving all the way so I can manage if my daughter can't arrange to take me.
I used to live across the street from where I'll be moving so I do know the area very well.

As to no highways, I have 2 cars, neither of which has seen 40 mph in about 3 years!
My 2000 Continental only has 139,xxx miles on it. Unfortunately, I'll have to sell both my vehicles here and buy something when I get to Md.
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Wow! Thanks Lloyd!
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With cardiac and full time dialysis, looks like it will be Wilmington!
Great info, Lloyd
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Understand. That extra 30 miles on 95 is a PITA! I always take the PA turnpike when I visit (before lockdown). Good luck!
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I see from the link Baltimore VA is hot garbage. Very interesting place to people watch. Overall I’ve been happy with the service there. Great info.
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Let’s just say that I’ve been to the Elsmere Delaware facility on the medical side.

I would not take a dog there for treatment, let alone a loved one.

They completely misdiagnosed an extreme case of colon cancer for 2 months.

The real hospital got it diagnosed on 6 hours.

My advice, based on experience there, is that they should be your choice if you don’t have any other alternatives.
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There is also the VA Hospital at Perry Point in Cecil County.
https://www.va.gov/find-locations/facility/vha_512A5
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