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    VA Announces North Las Vegas Site for New Medical Center

    VA Announces North Las Vegas Site for New Medical Center

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 27, 2004) - Fulfilling a commitment to Nevada veterans,
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi today joined with Interior
    Secretary Gale Norton and U.S. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) to announce the
    location of a new $295-million, full-service medical center in North Las
    Vegas, near the intersection of Pecos Road and Route 215.

    "As promised, we're moving forward with this state-of-the-art health care
    facility, reflecting our commitment to Nevada veterans who have served our
    nation in uniform," said Secretary Principi. "With this decision, Nevada
    veterans are an important step closer to having 21st century health care in
    a 21st century facility."

    "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 Nevada home is a
    source of great pride for our state, and our ability to meet their medical
    needs is a vital obligation we are working hard to meet. This is a great
    day for Nevada's veterans and I'm proud to be a part of it."

    "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 North Las Vegas, have identified approximately
    120 acres of land to transfer. Outpatient care would be offered at the new
    facility and at sites around the city.

    Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2006 and end in the
    summer of 2009. The site is bounded by Route 215, Pecos Road, Lamb
    Boulevard and Centennial Parkway. VA will acquire the land from BLM at no
    cost, significantly reducing the cost of the overall project.

    "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 Nevada's veterans."

    In May, Principi announced plans to create a new medical facility in the Las
    Vegas area. Once the medical center is operational, VA will retain certain
    other outpatient clinics in metropolitan Las Vegas to ensure geographic
    balance in access to health care for veterans. VA will also continue to
    share health care resources with Nellis Air Force Base.

    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:
    BLM Nevada State Director
    P. O. Box 12000
    Reno, Nevada 89520-0006


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    Vegas?

    Think I'll get my medical records transferred there.

    Going there in two weeks, so I'll do some recon work, make sure the Vegas showgirls support the veterans facility


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