Friday, December 2, 2016

Okay..........Where the F@#% is our’s!!

 New VA Medical Center in New Orleans | Week of November 28, 2016

More than 11 years have passed since Hurricane Katrina and its devastating floods struck New Orleans, destroying most of the city's VA medical center. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald recently cut the ribbon to dedicate the 31-acre state-of-the-art New Orleans VA Medical Center campus. The new 1.6-million-square-foot facility will serve approximately 70,000 veteran patients. The medical center will provide 120 inpatient medical and surgical beds, 20 acute psychiatric beds, 40 rehabilitation beds, 20 hospice beds, and 23 examination rooms. The outpatient clinics will serve some 500,000 outpatient visits a year.

Okay..........Where the F@#% is our’s!!
There is approximately 120 acres available for constructing a new high-rise medical Facility with at least four connected out-buildings. The main structure can be anywhere from ten stories to fourteen stories. The out-buildings can be single, or two, story structures. 
The new Facility can be constructed without interfering with the ongoing operation of the old Facility.
1.6 million square feet would be sufficient to care for the approximately 150,000 Veterans in the Nassau/Suffolk County service area. 
The current satellite Facilities and the Vet Centers can be maintained as is. The Public/Private affiliations with Stony Brook University Hospital and Northwell Health can be maintain, or expanded as necessary.
Outpatient services can be fully staffed and expanded to meet the total Veteran population. The 500 inpatient bed capacity can be maintained. All Residential and Domiciliary programs can be maintained. 
Upon completion and utilization of the new Facility, the old structures can be thoroughly demolished and new access and parking Facilities can be constructed, as needed.

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