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VA Pittsburgh Dedicates New Patient Care Building

May 1, 2012

VA Pittsburgh Dedicates New Patient Care Building
A new era in patient care for area Veterans begins

May 1, 2012 – A formal dedication ceremony for the new $75.8 million Consolidation Building will be held Wednesday, May 2 at 11 a.m. 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 will be on hand for the ceremony.

The new standard in comprehensive, Veteran-focused care, the Consolidation Building will house outpatient services and 78 secure, private psychiatric beds. The building was designed with direct input from Veterans and staff with the help of fathom, a design consulting group that works with local architect firm, Astorino.

Fathom's process included patients, families, and staff and gave Veterans a unique opportunity to have a voice in what services VA should offer and the types of facilities that would help them heal.

The new audiology and speech pathology section includes a 22-person waiting area, eight handicap 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 include distinct day and night areas along with easy access to the outdoors — and all of its healing properties — via three rooftop plazas. New clinics on the first floor combine behavioral health and primary care for the first time, improving ease of outpatient visits.

Clinics, services and patients will be moved into the building in phases this spring and summer. VAPHS is committed to Veteran-centered care throughout all transitions and evolution of the construction transformation.

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 consolidation of 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.

*Media is invited and encouraged to attend this event.*

When programming GPS for directions, use the following information:
Brackenridge St. & Aliquippa St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

For more info: http://www.pittsburgh.va.gov/construction/UniversityDrive.asp