Stimulus to aid local VA hospital


Stimulus to aid local VA hospital – The Cincinnati VA Medical Center is getting more than $6.9 million in federal stimulus money to expand its facilities for mental health, surgery recovery and other improvements, officials said Wednesday.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs K. Eric Shinseki, citing what he called the Cincinnati VA hospital’s “long tradition of quality mental health programs,” toured the improvements with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Wednesday.

“This institution is nationally known, as the secretary knows, in the area of mental health,” Brown said.

The Recovery Act will pay for a $1.7 million expansion of the VA’s Fort Mitchell, Ky. clinic, to treat traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder. The seven-week residential program now has 22 beds and will expand to 32 – also adding private bathrooms and a wing specifically for women veterans suffering from PTSD.

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