The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is changing the way it does business to provide better care and save taxpayer dollars. In 2011, a plan was developed to build a $560-million facility in Omaha. The VA announced they will now partner with the nonprofit Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corporation to build a much needed ambulatory care center at the current VA Medical Center in Omaha.
“This trailblazing project represents another example of the bold changes happening at VA,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin. “This project will lay the groundwork for future public-private partnerships aimed at providing Veterans access to state-of-the-art facilities and will significantly improve the quality of care we are able to provide to our nation’s Veterans.”
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-NE., Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-NE., Rep. Adrian Smith, R-NE., Rep., David Young, R-IA, Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., Rep. Don Bacon, R-NE., and Brad Ashford, former Nebraska 2nd District representative, supported this project. Their strong leadership helped make it possible.
This is the first of five pilot projects nationwide under the new donation authority concept authorized by the Communities Helping Invest through Property and Improvements Needs for Veterans Act of 2016. The VA will use $56-million of the original appropriated funds along with an estimated $30-million in donations from the Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corporation to complete the $86-million project.
We at VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System are honored to be selected as the first in the nation by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to set a new trend with this first-of-its-kind public-private partnership,” said B. Don Burman, director, VA NWIHCS. “This will ensure our Veterans continue to receive high-quality health care in a new state-of-the-art facility.