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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • VA begins construction projects

  • The Leavenworth VA hospital is adding a couple of buildings to its campus.
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  • The Leavenworth VA hospital is adding a couple of buildings to its campus.
    Construction is under way for a Women's Health Clinic. And work soon will begin on a Community Living Center, or nursing home facility.
    Jim Gleisberg, public affairs officer for the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, said the $2.75 million Women's Health Clinic will be connected to the main hospital at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center.
    The VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System includes the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth and a VA campus in Topeka.
    Construction of the 4,700 square-foot Women's Health Clinic building is expected to wrap up next summer.
    Gleisberg said the local VA hospital already offers health services for women.
    "We want to be able to do more," he said.
    He said the number of women veterans has grown and more are seeking health care.
    Gleisberg said the clinic will be a single-story building, but its construction will allow for another floor to be added in the future.
    The new Community Living Center will be a larger project. The 27,000 square-foot building will be constructed on an empty lot on the VA grounds that's located northeast of the main hospital.
    Gleisberg said the Eisenhower VA Medical Center already has a Community Living Center, but it's located on the third floor of a building.
    He said the standard for a VA CLC is for it to be located on the first floor.
    "We're just trying to meet the VA's goal and standards," he said.
    He said the new CLC will have a large enough capacity for the care of 26 veterans.
    The construction bids for the project are being accepted through today.
    The architectural design work for the building cost $898,971, according to Gleisberg.

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