Coatesville — The Department of Veterans Affairs recommended closing 17 of 171 medical centers this week, including the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Center in Caln Township. This recommendation is the first step in a review of the assets and infrastructure required by Congress under the Mission Act 2018. This sets VA’s vision of providing future medical care to more than 12 million veterans over the next 50 years.
VA officials cited depopulation, demographic changes, aging status of some facilities, and difficulty in hiring to justify the proposed closure.
Under the $ 2 trillion proposal announced this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs will lose the net of three medical centers and 174 outpatient clinics, but 255 including new clinics, independent rehab centers, and elderly housing. Acquire a medical facility.
Coatesville VA has 302 surgical beds and more than 1,300 employees, one of the region’s largest employers. It provides a wide range of medical services to more than 19,000 veterans in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
“The goal is to give veterans convenient access to the right facilities, the right health care networks in the right places to provide the right care to veterans in all parts of the country,” said the community and parliament. Kirk Fernitz, the director in question, said. At Coatesville VA. “There are changes in the national market, but VA is not out of the market. Between outpatient care, strategic collaboration, and community referrals, VA gives all veterans time to world-class care. We will continue to provide reliable access. “
The closure of 171 medical centers represents about 21 percent of VA over 800 outpatient clinics. However, the move will partially offset the closure by increasing specialized clinics to 388, or 56%, and increasing reliance on private sector providers.
Fernitz said there would be no immediate changes in Coatesville VA.
“If the recommendation is approved in 2023, the Department of Veterans Affairs should begin implementing the plan within three years,” he said. “During implementation, VA develops a project prioritization and financing process.”
The plan will close 17 medical centers in 12 states, completely replace 18 in 16 states, and build 13 new centers in 11 states.
The report recommends deactivating the Coatesville VA Medical Center, establishing a new medical center in the King of Prussia area, two new sites on the market, and establishing a medical outpatient clinic in Chester County.
The report contains recommendations for modernizing, reorganizing and expanding VA partnerships for new or existing VA healthcare facilities. The report also includes recommendations for closing or relocating aging, underutilized medical facilities. The Aviation Commission will review the Secretary’s recommendations by January 31, 2023, hold hearings throughout 2022, visit Veterans Affairs facilities, and meet with employees / Veterans. The AIR Commission then forwards the recommendation to President Biden. President Biden decides whether to submit those recommendations to Parliament.
“We’ve been discussing this with Veterans Affairs employees, union partners, state partners, Veterans Affairs Department, Congress, and more over the past few weeks and months,” said Veterans Secretary Denis. McDonough says. “I am and will continue to discuss with the union because I am grateful for the strong partnership with the union.”
The American Legion issued a statement on Tuesday, recognizing that it generally does not support the closure of facilities, but that changes in the population may require changes.
“The American Legion always defends all U.S. veterans, but VA has optimized and re-optimized some of its decades-old infrastructure to properly serve U.S. veterans. We recognize that we need to allocate and reinvest, “Paul E. Dillard, National Commander of the American Legion, said in a statement.
VA built the Coatesville VA Medical Center in 1929. The hospital’s original mission was to provide neuropsychiatric care to veterans. In 2013, the Coatesville VA Medical Center was registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
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