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    $24 million approved for design phase of Brockton VA expansion

    $24 million approved for design phase of Brockton VA expansion


    By Alex Bloom
    Enterprise Staff Writer
    Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 06:01 AM
    Last update Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:32 AM



    BROCKTON —
    The federal government has already approved $24 million for the design of the proposed new spinal cord injury unit and renovation of the old complex at the Brockton VA hospital, federal budget documents show.

    The hospital now needs $163 million more to construct the building and renovate the older building, according to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs budget documents.

    The $188 million project would use a soccer field next to Building 8 for the construction of a 96-bed, long-term care, spinal cord injury unit. Upon completion, the existing 60-bed spinal cord injury unit in Building 8 would be renovated to become an outpatient mental health facility.

    But the $163 million needed to complete the process is subject to upcoming budget negotiations.

    “Hopefully these will get funded,” said Diane Keefe, a spokesman for the VA Boston Healthcare System. “The budget process is just beginning. (President Obama) just released his budget proposal so the budget has to be approved.”

    Obama requested $140.3 billion for the department’s budget, with $52.7 billion earmarked for medical care.



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