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West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a hospital that serves veterans in an unincorporated area surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, California. It is a referral center for the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The center is the largest facility in the VA health care system.[1]

West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
Photo of main building
Location11301 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90073, Los Angeles, California, United States
Coordinates34°3′0″N 118°27′9″W / 34.05000°N 118.45250°W / 34.05000; -118.45250Coordinates: 34°3′0″N 118°27′9″W / 34.05000°N 118.45250°W / 34.05000; -118.45250
FundingGovernment hospital
Hospital typeVeterans
ListsHospitals in California


The medical facility, which sits on land donated by Arcadia Bandini de Stearns Baker in 1887,[1] was previously known as the Sawtelle Veterans Home.

In 2011 a group of homeless veterans sued the center, claiming that the VA was renting land in the center for commercial gain and ignoring the needs of homeless veterans for housing.[1][2] In 2015, as part of the settlement of the 2011 lawsuit,[3] the Department of Veterans Affairs released a draft master plan for the future of the campus.[2]

In 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan to add 1200 units of housing for homeless veterans to the hospital campus.[4]

The LA Metro Purple Line phase three is currently being extended from Koreatowns Wilshire/Western station to the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. The Subway station will be located east of the corner of San Vicente Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard.


  1. ^ a b c Jaffe, Ina. "Los Angeles VA Has Made Millions On Rental Deals". Morning Edition. NPR News. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Draft master plan is unveiled for long-neglected VA campus in West L.A." L.A. Times. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  3. ^ "U.S. settles suit over misuse of West L.A. veterans campus". L.A. Times. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  4. ^ "1,200 housing units for homeless veterans planned at West LA's VA Medical Center, UCLA baseball stadium to remain on property". Los Angeles Daily news. Retrieved 2 May 2016.

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