September 27, 2004, 08:00:00 AM
"As promised, we're moving forward with this state-of-the-art health care facility, reflecting our commitment to
"Today's announcement represents our recognition of veterans' sacrifices and our commitment to providing the quality medical care they have earned," said Sen. John Ensign. "The fact that so many veterans call
"I commend Secretary Principi for showing great vision and determination in developing a state-of-the-art medical facility for our veterans," Secretary Norton said. "This is a unique cooperative effort, and I can't imagine a more important use of our public land than providing our veterans with the quality medical care they need and deserve as a result of their wonderful service to this country."
The site, now owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), would be home to a full-service Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center, including a 90-bed hospital, a 120-bed nursing home, a full complement of diagnostic and treatment services and a Veterans Benefits Office. VA and BLM, in cooperation with the City of
Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2006 and end in the summer of 2009. The site is bounded by Route 215,
"Today's event is a great example of cooperation between the agencies of the federal government to enhance the lives of our veterans, and between the federal, state and local governments to achieve that same noble objective,'' Principi said. "I'm especially appreciative of Secretary Norton and her commitment to use the resources of the Department of the Interior to enhance health care for
In May, Principi announced plans to create a new medical facility in the
Demographic studies and patients' demand for services will be used to determine the exact mix of outpatient facilities and sharing arrangements with the Air Force.
The Interior Department will publish a proposed notice of intent to transfer in The Federal Register today. The public will have 90 days to submit written comments, request meetings, provide suggestions or objections in connection with the proposed land transfer in writing to:
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