Slaughter Announces Location for Expanded VA Outpatient Clinic
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has chosen the site at Market Place Center on Calkins Road as the location for the new veterans health facility in Rochester. Slaughter secured the funding for the new facility and has worked with the VA for years to ensure construction of this vital project. It is the next key step in her long battle to provide necessary care to veterans in the Rochester area. The VA’s decision will allow construction to begin on the new facility. Slaughter has been disappointed with the delay in construction of this center and has held one-on-one meetings with Secretary McDonald to urge quick progress on this project.
“There are more than 70,000 veterans living in the greater Rochester area, and they have been shortchanged for too long because they did not have a medical facility big enough to accommodate their needs. This is the largest group of veterans in the state without a hospital. I secured the funding for the present clinic so they don’t have to go to another city to get care, but it has become woefully inadequate. That’s why I have been fighting for more than four years to keep the funding for this new facility in the federal budget. I have made my priorities clear from the beginning, including that this site should be on a bus route, near the expressway, and big enough to house the forthcoming outpatient surgical center. I’m pleased that this site meets this criteria, and I will continue working to make this larger, world-class facility a reality,” said Slaughter.
This facility will provide primary care with embedded mental health service; women's health care; an eye clinic; an outpatient pharmacy; endoscopy; audiology; sterile processing services; a dental clinic; radiology; CT scanning; specialty care services; ancillary services; and compensation and pension services.
Slaughter has worked for years with the VA and leaders in Congress to ensure completion of this critical expansion of health services for veterans in Rochester. In addition to the facility location announced today, in December 2015, she secured a commitment from the VA to include funding in next year’s budget proposal for additional construction of the second phase of this project. Slaughter also succeeded in securing support for the second phase of construction at the Rochester Veterans Clinic in legislation that was passed into law in September. That support, coupled with the VA’s commitment to put the construction funding in their budget request for the 2017 fiscal year, helped move this vital project closer to reality.
Congresswoman Slaughter has been an ardent advocate for veterans and their families. Last year, amid uncertainty over whether cost-overruns at some VA hospitals would lead to further health delays for Rochester’s veterans, Slaughter pushed congressional leaders to not divert funding for construction projects that care for New York veterans. For years, she successfully championed the Community Based Outpatient Clinic, and also secured one million dollars in support for the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester. Earlier this year, Slaughter held an entrepreneur forum for New York veterans eager to start a business or continue their education.