Friday, July 29, 2011
New San Joaquin County VA Facility to Open in 2018
FRENCH CAMP - One day after a congressman's announcement that a $280 million veterans' medical facility will be built near San Joaquin General Hospital, the Department of Veterans Affairs provided additional details and a construction timeline.
Construction on the new community-based outpatient clinic and 120-bed community living center is scheduled to begin in 2014, according to Veterans Affairs.
Operation of the new facilities is scheduled to begin by early 2018.
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, announced Wednesday that the French Camp location had been chosen over a site at Stockton's University Park.
"Veterans deserve the best quality and health care," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said in a written statement. "This expansion demonstrates VA's commitment to veterans. We will ensure they have access to the top-notch care they have earned through their military service."
The announcement from Washington included news of a second new outpatient clinic and technology court to be constructed in the East Bay.
Until the new facilities are built, the VA's Palo Alto Health Care System will continue to operate in Livermore. Those facilities, according to the agency, will be re-evaluated once the new clinics open.
Veterans Affairs also announced expansion of the existing Stockton clinic and construction in Modesto of a new 23,250-square-foot clinic to be built over the next two years.
"This step forward is great news for veterans throughout the north Valley," Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater, said. "We owe our veterans an enormous debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they and their families have made."
For more information, go to www.paloalto.a.gov/construction_livermore.asp.