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Consolidation Building Dedication

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Consolidation Building Dedication

A formal dedication ceremony for the new $75.8 million Consolidation Building was held Wednesday, May 2 in VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's University Drive main lobby. U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, VA Under Secretary Dr. Robert A. Petzel and other distinguished speakers and guests were on hand for the ceremony.

Distinguished guests cutting the ribbon at the dedication ceremony.

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
Timothy Powers (Astorino), U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, Dr. Robert Petzel (VA Under Secretary for Health), Terry Gerigk Wolf, Michael Moreland, Jake Ploeger (PJ Dick), Dr. Jeffrey Peters (VAPHS Associate Chief of Staff, Behavioral Health) cut the ribbon.

Penn Hills Naval Junior ROTC present the nation's colors.

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
The Penn Hills Naval Junior ROTC present the nation's colors
at the beginning of the ceremony.

VA Pittsburgh Director and CEO Terry Gerigk Wolf addresses the crowd at the dedication ceremony.

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
VA Pittsburgh Director and CEO Terry Gerigk Wolf made a special point in thanking everyone from designers to co-workers who helped make the Consolidation Building a reality during her remarks at the dedication ceremony.

VHA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert A. Petzel

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert A. Petzel called the new Consolidation Building the best in the nation for behavioral health care during his remarks at the building's dedication.

VA Healthcare-VISN 4 Network Director Michael E. Moreland speaking at the podium.

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
VA Healthcare-VISN 4 Network Director Michael E. Moreland recalled the long path to the day of dedication for VA Pittsburgh's new Consolidation Building during his remarks.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey.

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey commended VA Pittsburgh's Consolidation Building as an example of delivering the best in cost effective care for our nation's Veterans during his keynote speech at the building's dedication.

Distinguished guests pose for a photo prior to cutting the ribbon at the dedication ceremony.

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
Distinguished guests take a moment to pose for a photo prior to cutting the ribbon at the dedication ceremony.

Terry Gerigk Wolf, U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Dr. Robert A. Petzel and Michael E. Moreland

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
VA Pittsburgh Director and CEO Terry Gerigk Wolf, U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Veterans Health Administration Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert A. Petzel and VA Healthcare-VISN 4 Network Director Michael E. Moreland.

U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Dr. Robert A. Petzel, Dr. Jeffrey Peters, Michael E. Moreland, Terry Gerigk Wolf and Patrick Doyle.

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
Patrick Doyle, Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology (far right), gives a tour of the new audiology testing suites with U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Dr. Robert A. Petzel, Dr. Jeffrey Peters, Michael E. Moreland and Terry Gerigk Wolf.

Dr. Robert A. Petzel, U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Michael E. Moreland and Terry Gerigk Wolf tour the second floor.

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
VHA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert A. Petzel, U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, VISN 4 Network Director Michael E. Moreland and VA Pittsburgh Director and CEO Terry Gerigk Wolf tour the second floor of the Consolidation Building.

Harvey Hugh Hall III playing the cello.

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
Harvey Hugh Hall III, Cellist and VAPHS General Engineer performed before and after the ceremony.

The Penn Hills Naval Junior ROTC

Dedication Ceremony for the Consolidation Building
The Penn Hills Naval Junior ROTC.

The main lobby of the Consolidation Building features the official seal of the Department of Veterans Affairs and a quote from President Abraham Lincoln.

The Consolidation Building
The main lobby of the Consolidation Building features the official seal of the Department of Veterans Affairs and a quote from President Abraham Lincoln.

Exterior of the Consolidation Building and front courtyard and water fountains.

The Consolidation Building
Exterior of the Consolidation Building and front courtyard and water fountains.

Exterior of the Consolidation Building and front courtyard and main entrance.

The Consolidation Building
Exterior of the Consolidation Building and front courtyard and main entrance.

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The new standard in comprehensive, Veteran-focused care, the Consolidation Building will feature:

  • various outpatient services
  • 78 secure, private psychiatric beds
  • eight handicapped-accessible auditory test suites and 13 rooms dedicated to the evaluation and training of speech, language, hearing and swallowing-related impairments
  • three identical inpatient units that include distinct day and night areas along with easy access to the outdoors via rooftop plazas
  • new clinics on the first floor combine behavioral health and primary care and improve ease of outpatient visits

The Consolidation Building is part of a revolutionary multi-million dollar major construction project to enhance both behavioral health and ambulatory care services and to achieve efficiency through combining a three-division health care system into two campuses. This extensive construction program and consolidation of services will significantly benefit Veterans by providing them with 21st century facilities in which they will receive 21st century care. For more information, go to www.pittsburgh.va.gov/construction/UniversityDrive.asp

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