Nebraska’s Washington delegation met with the Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald this week to voice concerns about the condition of the V-A Medical Center at 42nd and Woolworth Streets in Omaha. Congressman Lee Terry says this is the first time in years he is optimistic that something will be done about the deteriorating facility.
Congressman Terry says they presented three options to Secretary McDonald. The first option is to have the private sector build a new hospital and then lease it to the government. The second option is to renovate the current CHI-Creighton University Medical Center building on 30th Street when they relocate. The third is to lease current space at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Congressman Terry says that option was presented but not discussed.
Congressman Terry says the cost to replace the current facility with a new building is estimated at $560-million. The cost to renovate CHI-Creighton’s building is $250-million.
Veterans Affairs is sending a representative to Omaha to do an in-house inspection of the current facility, Congressman Terry says the last inspection was in 2007 and then it was given a “D” or and “F”.