Milwaukee VA Hospital Gains New Spinal Cord Treatment Center
WASHINGTON (July 10, 2009) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has
awarded a $26.9 million contract to design and build a free-standing
spinal cord injury center at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.
The contract was awarded to the C3T Construction Company of Milwaukee, a
service-disabled, Veteran-owned small business. The 67,000-square-foot
building will have a connecting tunnel, providing access to the hospital
and replace a smaller unit in the main hospital building. Design and
construction of the center will overlap and the project is expected to
be finished in less than two years.
The two-story structure, like the original unit, will provide 38 beds
and outpatient services. The additional space is designed to improve
accessibility, privacy and independence for patients; improve efficiency
of staff; and increase space for physical and recreational therapy, a
specialty clinic, a kitchen and administration.
Funding for the project was appropriated in fiscal year 2007.
VA is a leader in research related to spinal cord injury care and
rehabilitation, providing a lifelong continuum of services for injured
veterans of all ages. VA's expertise in this area ranges from emergency
care and surgical stabilization to rehabilitation, preventive care and
About 42,000 Americans with serious spinal cord injuries or disorders
are Veterans eligible for medical care and other benefits from VA. The
department provided a full range of care to nearly 26,000 Veterans with
spinal cord injuries and disorders in 2008 and specialty care to about
13,000 of these Veterans.