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VA Hospital – Solutions

There Are Options. This is NOT A DONE DEAL!


1. Move the Medical Center to a Downtown Location

The best scenario for veterans’ health care and community tax dollars is to build a new hospital or purchase an underutilized medical center in the downtown medical district. Here, veterans would be surrounded by all the specialty care and technology they would need while taking advantage of downtown’s existing infrastructure for electricity, sewers, traffic. Additionally, the community benefits not just from the construction savings, but tax revenue and research dollars.

October 7, 2015 – A statement from John L. Roberts, MD
Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education

“Each day [UofL] sends a total of 106 residents and fellows to the Rex Robley VA Hospital. Approximately 2/3 of the residents and fellows are solely assigned to the VA but are require to return to the medical center campus for half-day continuity practice clinics each week. Many additionally have to return to the medical school campus for their required daily or weekly didactic and clinical case conferences – some of the major conferences in medicine and surgery can be teleconferenced but due to limitations of the teleconference space/availability many residents need to travel back and forth between the VA and the campus.  Approximately 1/3 of the residents and fellows, after making morning rounds at the VA, are on call for future consults and may have to return to the hospital if requested throughout the day and night.

I truly believe that the veterans would get better and more timely care at a downtown site, and the resident/fellow educational environment would be greatly enhanced with the VA on the downtown medical campus.”

John L. Roberts, MD
Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education

2. Keep the Hospital At Its Present Location

The biggest problem facing the existing VA hospital is parking. Millions of dollars continue to be spent to upgrade the facilities without addressing this issue. Build a parking garage – there is ample land available next to the hospital to do so – and continue to update the existing facility to provide world-class health care while maintaining close proximity to Louisville’s downtown medical campus.

3. Use the Site to Build a Veterans’ Cemetery

The Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, located less than one mile from the selected hospital site, is closed to new internments for veterans. Using the hospital site, instead, as an annex to the cemetery would allow approximately 30,000 Louisville veterans to be buried and honored for their service in their hometown.

4. Let Veterans Choose Their Own Health Care Provider

Veterans should be given the flexibility to go anywhere they want to get the health care they need. There is a slow-moving congressional and veteran effort to remove the separate system of doctors, facilities, equipment and protocols that put veterans’ health care at risk and spend tax dollars excessively.

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