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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby Dundeemaha » Sun May 31, 2015 11:47 pm

It used to be an 18 hole golf course without a road running through the middle of it.

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Postby lmdramos » Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:13 pm

Yes, there has always been a road going through it but I though that it also occupied the land the VA is on now?

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Postby Seth » Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:05 pm

lmdramos wrote:maybe if they close that site there will be renewed interest to close the street and have field club buy the land so they can make their course how it used to be.


I'm not a golfer, and know even less about the business of running a course, but it seems doubtful that it would make financial sense to buy and develop prime urban real estate for an extra 9 holes on an existing course.

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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby iamjacobm » Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:03 pm

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/1cb57854487f4cf28f8e3207aa989502/NE--Veterans-Hospital-Omaha

The analysis by Omaha-based Booz Allen Hamilton released Monday says funding now could be delayed until the late 2020s. The analysis points to a $9 billion backlog of approved projects and VA infrastructure needs that could reach $60 billion.

"There never really was any real chance there was going to be a new hospital here," said U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford, D-2nd District.


Well we can close the book on this one.

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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby MTO » Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:08 pm

So now what?
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Postby Garrett » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:27 pm

If they were smart they would partner with UNMC to create a specialty center dedicated to vets instead of a separate hospital. I always had to take my grandpa to both anyway to see all of his doctors, why not just condense them into one campus?
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Postby Coyote » Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:42 pm

Garrett wrote:If they were smart they would partner with UNMC to create a specialty center dedicated to vets instead of a separate hospital. I always had to take my grandpa to both anyway to see all of his doctors, why not just condense them into one campus?


That has been one of the options for years now...
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Postby MTO » Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:53 pm

It's just a shame how our government treats it's vets despite what they say in front of the cameras. If they wanted to they could make it happen and even after the huge scandal they still don't care.
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Postby daveoma » Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:03 am

MTO wrote:It's just a shame how our government treats it's vets despite what they say in front of the cameras. If they wanted to they could make it happen and even after the huge scandal they still don't care.

Agreed

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Postby mcarch » Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:35 pm

MTO wrote:It's just a shame how our government treats it's vets despite what they say in front of the cameras. If they wanted to they could make it happen and even after the huge scandal they still don't care.


If they cared they could make it happen with a swipe of a pen.

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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby RNcyanide » Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:13 am

They're finishing the removal of the reactor that was mentioned a while back.

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/nuclear ... e28f6.html
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Postby bigredmed » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:49 am

The nuclear reactor should be remembered by a state historical marker.

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Postby RNcyanide » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:39 am

We could weld the spent fuel rods into a modern art sculpture, maybe even make some kind of playground equipment with them...
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Postby bigredmed » Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:17 pm

RNcyanide wrote:We could weld the spent fuel rods into a modern art sculpture, maybe even make some kind of playground equipment with them...

Funny.

The VA's nuclear reactor made isotopes for a lot of experiments and therapies that have resulted in cures and treatments for a large number of people. It actually is historically significant.

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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby MTO » Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:57 pm

All the more reason to iconize it.
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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby iamjacobm » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:48 am

Heard some good news...

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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby iamjacobm » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:10 pm

~$130 million public/private partnership to build a clinic next to the current building. Will work with the hospital.

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Postby RNcyanide » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:24 pm

iamjacobm wrote:~$130 million public/private partnership to build a clinic next to the current building. Will work with the hospital.


Is there any word on what kind of services that will be provided at this clinic? Clinic is kind of a nebulous term nowadays, so I'm assuming it's more than checkups and urgent care stuff.
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Postby iamjacobm » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:25 pm

Don't know. The news outlets should have it today or tomorrow.

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Postby RNcyanide » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:35 pm

iamjacobm wrote:Don't know. The news outlets should have it today or tomorrow.


Super. Thanks!
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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:54 pm

Public-private partnership could pave way for new $136 million VA facility in Omaha

The 157,000-square-foot facility envisioned would include primary, specialty and ambulatory care, as well as radiology and surgical capabilities, the secretary said.

The potential timeline for the project isn’t clear at this point and McDonald cautioned that legal hurdles remain. But he struck an optimistic tone.


The latest proposal is a more modest facility to be built in conjunction with the existing hospital, using $56 million already appropriated by Congress, plus money raised by the community.
The $136 million price tag would require private donors to pony up about $80 million.
Ashford said he has met with prominent members of the local philanthropic community — he declined to disclose their names at this point — who have indicated a willingness to come up with around the same amount as Congress already appropriated for the new facility.

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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby PotatoeEatsFish » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:04 pm

I really hope they build it! I visited the current facility a lot towards the end of my grandpa's life and was really impressed by the staff. But the building is in need of some upgrades.
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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby MTO » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:13 am

What a joke and regardless of the excuses at this point it's all unacceptable. Our veterans served to protect the greatest country on earth they deserve the best healthcare on earth.
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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby Coyote » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:04 pm

Obama signs law for $136 million VA facility in Omaha

Joseph Morton / World-Herald Bureau wrote:Ashford said the hope is to have the design phase underway early next year, with the facility completed in 2018.
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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby jessep28 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:54 pm

I wonder what the final price tag will be after cost overruns and project delays due to government bureaucracy?
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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby MTO » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:11 pm

300+ for the cancer center 400+ for children's expansion how can this be less than 140?
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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby nebraska » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:48 am

MTO wrote:300+ for the cancer center 400+ for children's expansion how can this be less than 140?


Just like everything else the government does for the people, it will be substandard...

The 2011 plan called for a 1,000,000 sqft facility at a cost of $560 million, but this new plan calls for only 157,000 sqft. The Omaha VA serves a veteran population between 100-150 thousand, and the new Denver VA hospital serves a veterans population of 400,000 with a 1.2 mllion sqft facility, then we should be 25-33% of the same amount of money and facility size, right? Well, the Denver VA already costs more than $1.73 billion... wait, what?

I guarantee two things, 1) the $136 million for our new facility is just a teaser number, it means nothing compared to the final cost, and 2) the size of the facility will increase. Heck, even the Lauritzen Outpatient Center is 170,000 sqft. So of course the new VA is underwhelming, probably intentionally so.

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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby nebraska » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:17 am

And has anyone heard if they are going to replace or renovate the existing building?

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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby Ben » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:06 am

This is purely a new large clinic building to supplement the existing services in the current hospital. Essentially, they're going to move outpatient services to this new building... Moving these items to a different building will allow for easier patient access to services, consolidate things (several outbuildings now), and allow some of the services that are hospital based to remodel / expand into space that will be vacated by things moving to this new building.

This is most akin to the new Lauritzen Outpatient Center at UNMC if you're looking for a comparison...

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Re: New Veterans Hospital

Postby iamjacobm » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:40 pm

http://www.omaha.com/livewellnebraska/omaha-nonprofit-commits-million-to-partnership-with-va-to-build/article_917ff58c-9811-53fb-8f35-f66f780c3714.html

A nonprofit backed by influential Omaha business leaders has committed $30 million to a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to build an ambulatory care clinic on the grounds of the Omaha VA hospital.

Heritage Services — which developed local landmarks such as the Holland Performing Arts Center and TD Ameritrade Park — voted late Tuesday to back the clinic through a new nonprofit called the Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corporation.

The project would pool $56 million previously appropriated by Congress with the $30 million raised locally to build the complex for the VA Nebraska/Western Iowa Health Care System on its campus near 42nd Street and Woolworth Avenue. VA officials have said it would offer primary, specialty and ambulatory care as well as radiology and surgery suites. It would be built on the site of the employee parking lot, to the northwest of the current hospital entrance.


Then there was a comment below stating that there would be a parking garage built on the grounds as well, but no mention of that in the article.


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