Veterans

August 10, 2012

New VA Medical Center dedicated

Tags:
By Master Sgt. David Miller
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The first Veterans Affairs Medical Center ever built in southern Nevada and the first built in the United States in 17 years was dedicated by VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki with more than 700 people in attendance here, Aug. 6.

The new $600 million facility includes 90 inpatient beds, a 120-bed community living center or, “skilled nursing home care facility” and an ambulatory care center. It has been dubbed by Shinseki as the “crown jewel” of the nation’s VA health care facilities.

The 1 million square foot medical center sits on a 151 acre campus built on land donated by the Bureau of Land Management. The hospital took six years to complete and will provide a “one stop shop” for veterans whose health care needs cross the continuum of services that include specialty care, surgery, mental health, rehabilitation, geriatrics and extended care.

John Bright, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System director joined the VA team in 2001 and saw veterans needs rise as about 2,000 veterans had to travel to VA centers in southern California for care.

Officials anticipate a rolling start to bring the medical center into full operation by January 2013 with the first patients expected when doors open Aug. 14 for the eye clinic, the infectious diseases facility and the pharmacy. The main laboratory will open in the beginning of September with specialty care facilities opening by the end of September.

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System serves about 46,000 veterans.

Bright anticipates his staff will serve about 60,000 veterans out of some 400,000 who live in Nevada.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald

40 years of Red Flag at Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald A flight of F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons Aggressors fly in formation over the Nevada Test and Training Ranges June 5, 2008. The proposal for Red Flag came in early...
 
 

True inteGRITy

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — Your homework after reading this article is to turn to the closest Airman and ask him to define ‘integrity.’ Wait while he rattles off some version of, “integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is watching,” and then say “stop telling people that; you sound like...
 
 

Diversity is Biomedical Sciences Corps strength

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Biomedical Sciences Corps will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Order CA-5, which established the Air Force Medical Services Biomedical Sciences Corps, here Jan. 28. Many Airmen, new and seasoned, are unfamiliar with the five distinct branches of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service corps, which includes the...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Airman pulls woman from burning vehicle

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Tech. Sgt. Justin Mahana, 823rd Maintenance Squadron support section chief, poses in front of an HH-60G Pave Hawk at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 20. On Jan. 6, Mahana pulled...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by David Bedard

Former Airman sentenced to 18 years in drunken–driving death tells story

U.S. Air Force photo by David Bedard Former Airman 1st Class Lane Wyatt recounts the night of June 30, 2013, when he killed Citari Townes-Sweatt in a drunken-driving accident. Wyatt was sentenced Dec. 19, 2014, to 18 years in p...
 
 

Stepping into a better self

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Michelle Strawn, 99th Force Support Squadron, works out to a step class video at the Warrior Fitness Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 21. Strawn is a group fitness instructor and teaches Hatha yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Warrior Fitness Center...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin