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March 1, 2012

US Department of Veterans Affairs to open new Las Vegas facility

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will open the new Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, in August.

By Aarati Ajay

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will open the new Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, in August.

The 1.3 million square foot complex will feature automated digital media systems, computerised patient records and electronics systems to distribute medical information into waiting rooms and classrooms.

Steve Stern, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System spokesman and capital asset manager, told the Las Vegas Sun that the aim of the VA was to provide a veteran to the highest level of care, regardless of the injury or disability.

The $600m facility will upgrade its operating rooms with hybrid CT scanning equipment and can employ 1,800 to 2,000 people, hospital officials said.

The medical centre, with improved security measures, will facilitate 210 beds for surgeries, mental health and extended-care patients and in its intensive care unit.

Similar VA hospitals are currently under construction in New Orleans, Denver and Orlando.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has built four new primary care clinics in Southern Nevada, operating in the south-east, south-west and north-west valley, with a north-east clinic opening soon.

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