Veterans and others will soon discover what $87 million buys these days in the way of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospitals. Doors are expected to open on the new 5-story, 245,000 square foot, state-of-the-art tower currently being constructed at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in May 2011. The new tower will completely modernize and revolutionize inpatient health care for the over 13,000 patients treated there every year.
The new tower will boast 226 beds, and will be the only VA medical center across the nation offering fully private rooms for all inpatient hospital stays. It will also offer a new, and much needed women’s clinic for the increasing number of female veterans needing health care. Additionally, the ground floor will provide focused medical services to include not only an expanded emergency room, but clinics specializing in:
- Urology; and
The location of the clinic is very fitting as the area encompassing North Florida and South Georgia constitutes the largest VA health care system in the United States. The strain put on the current facilities demanded upgrades. As of 2009, the Gainesville VA discharged 53% more patients than in 1999. In the same 10 years, outpatient visits to the clinic rose by 134%.
The new tower will provide rooms with private bathrooms, and a pullout couch for visiting family members. There will also be 5 rooms dedicated to treating spinal cord injuries as these are becoming much more common among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Not only will the new facility allow the VA to treat more patients, it will create approximately 300 new jobs.
This clinic is necessary to fully support and treat the growing number of veterans in the area. Because of this clinic, more veterans will be given more state-of-the-art treatment, and many will have to travel much less distance to get it.
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