by Pam Zubeck
If you're a veteran, you'll be glad to learn that ground has been broken on an expanded outpatient clinic in Colorado Springs.
“With today’s groundbreaking, Southern Colorado welcomes a new, vital, and cutting-edge medical facility for all those who wore our nation’s uniform,” Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, said in a statement released today. “We have a sacred and profound debt to the nearly 500,000 veterans living in our state, and this new clinic will help us honor our promise to care for those who so bravely defended our country. This clinic is a small down payment on a debt owed by our nation. I look forward to what the new facility will achieve for our veterans.”
A 76,731-square-foot building at Centennial Boulevard and Fillmore Street will provide primary care, mental health and ancillary diagnostic services. The clinic is expected to provide services to more than 20,000 veterans annually in Southern Colorado.
Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, also issued a statement: "If you love freedom, thank a veteran. Those who have served and fought and, in some cases, died for our country are heroes. This new VA clinic represents a small measure of our devotion and gratitude to our veterans. We can never fully repay them for their sacrifices, but we can keep our promises to them. This clinic will make world-class medical care more accessible to veterans throughout the Pikes Peak region."
The company that will build the clinic, Colorado Springs VA, LLC lists a Kansas City, Mo., man as its registered agent in its filing with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office. It's a foreign limited liability company based in Delaware.
The press release:
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected the contractor to build an expanded community based outpatient clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“This new facility will ensure that Colorado’s Veterans continue to have the world-class medical care that they’ve earned through their service to our Nation,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
One of Secretary Shinseki’s top 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 Colorado Springs VA, LLC and will create 235 construction jobs. Once the facility is completed in spring 2014, VA will pay fully-serviced rent of approximately $3 million annually.
The contract calls for construction of a three-story building at the corner of Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard in Colorado Springs. The project includes 76,731 square feet of space for specialty services for Veterans, including primary care, mental health and ancillary diagnostic services. More than 600 parking spaces will also be constructed.
The clinic will house outpatient services for more than 20,000 Veterans annually in the Eastern Rockies area.
Last year, VA spent $3.4 billion providing health care, benefits and services to Colorado’s 420,000 Veterans. VA operates major medical centers in Grand Junction and Denver, with outpatient clinics and Vet Centers across the state.
VA operates one of the nation’s largest integrated health care systems in the country. With a health care budget of about $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 health care network includes 152 major medical centers and more than 800 community-based outpatient clinics.