There is good news on two fronts. First, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved the opening of new community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs); second,there will be a new state-of-the-art medical facility at the Leestown Road Campus of the Lexington VA Medical Center.
Here in the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network (VISN 9), we are approved for the establishment of clinics in Berea, Daviess and Grayson Counties in Kentucky. The counties of Hawkins and Madison are approved for Tennessee. The new CBOCs should be completed by October 2008.
The master plan for the Leestown Campus at the Lexington center includes construction of a single-floor 60-bed nursing home, a 30-bed domiciliary and a new outpatient building to meet the current and anticipated needs of Kentucky veterans.
VA will also explore partnerships with the private sector to generate revenue by leasing under-used buildings at Leestown once the new facilities are completed and occupied.
The Leestown Campus decision was a result of the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) review process, designed to upgrade VA health care facilities across the country.
These announcements, which were made public in the spring, will ensure better access to services for our veterans. We are working every day to bring world-class health care closer to where veterans live, in facilities that will make us even more proud to serve you. While these major improvements won’t happen overnight, we’re excited that the future of health care for veterans within VISN 9 is in clear view and the future looks very bright.
John Dandridge, Jr.