The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected a contractor to build the Grand Rapids Outpatient Clinic in Wyoming, MI.
One of Secretary Shinseki’s top three priorities is increasing access to VA care and services for Veterans wherever they live. VA is expanding access in a three-pronged effort that includes facilities, programs and technology.
The contract was awarded to US Federal Properties Co. of Kansas City, MO, on May 31 and will create 293 construction jobs. Once the facility is completed in spring 2014, VA will pay an annual rent of $4.1 million for 20 years.
The contract calls for construction of a two-story building in Wyoming, a suburb of Grand Rapids. The project includes 96,000 square feet of space for specialty care, mental health, radiology, pharmacy, and primary care services. Four hundred seventy-three parking spaces will also be constructed.
The clinic will provide outpatient services for nearly 18,000 Veterans annually in the western Michigan area.
Last year, VA spent $2.9 billion providing healthcare, benefits and services to Michigan’s 700,000 Veterans. VA operates major medical centers in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Detroit, Iron Mountain and Saginaw, with outpatient clinics and Vet Centers across the state, and national cemeteries at Ft. Custer and Great Lakes.
VA operates one of the nation’s largest integrated healthcare systems in the country. With a healthcare budget of more than $50 billion, VA expects to provide care to 6.1 million patients during 920,000 hospitalizations and nearly 80 million outpatient visits this year. VA’s healthcare network includes 152 major medical centers and more than 800 community-based outpatient clinics.