VA Puget Sound Health Care System

 

Blind Rehabilitation

A Veteran learns how to use adaptive technology at the American Lake Blind Rehab Inpatient UnitVA Puget Sound Health Care System offers outpatient vision rehabilitation services at both its Seattle and American Lake Divisions through its Visual Impairment Services teams and low vision clinics.

The American Lake facility is home to one of the nation’s 10 national inpatient Blind Rehabilitation Centers. Visually impaired Veterans from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are referred to the American Lake Blind Rehabilitation Center for comprehensive vision rehabilitation services.

Both divisions have teams of VIST Coordinators (case managers) and BROS (Blind Rehab Outpatient Specialists). VIST and BROS from around VISN 20 and elsewhere refer up to 120 to 130 Veterans a year from around the northwest.

Seattle 

Kim Richardson, M.A., COMS
VIST Coordinator
(206) 764-2758
Kim.Richardson@VA.gov

American Lake

Walt Werkhoven, MSW
VIST Coordinator
(253) 583-1287
Walter.Werkhoven@VA.gov

For more information, call the VIST Coordinator closest to where you live. A listing of VIST Coordinators in the northwest can be found here.

The American Lake Blind Rehab Team recently took its services on the road! Find out how they did it here.

Contact Info

Location

  • VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 206-764-2758
  • 253-583-1287

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm