CARES stands for Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services. It is a system-wide process that reviews the structure, organization, and physical location of veterans’ health facilities throughout VA. It addresses the clinical role of small facilities, vacant space, the potential for enhanced use leases and the consolidation of services and campuses. To learn more about the CARES process, please visit: https://www.va.gov/
Through its Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the largest integrated health care systems in the country. In 1999, GAO reported that better management of VA’s large inventory of aged capital assets could result in savings that could be used to enhance health care services for veterans. In response, VA initiated a process known as Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES). Through CARES, VA sought to determine the future resources needed to provide health care to our nation’s veterans.