The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System and the local Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office will hold a joint town hall meeting at 6 p.m., Nov. 13 at American Legion Post No. 350, 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie.
According to Jimmy Murphy, acting Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System director, the meeting will be to share information about access to health care, construction of the new medical center and more.
Mark Bologna, director of the VA New Orleans Regional Office said they are partnering with VHA for the meeting because the VA works with the health agency on a daily basis.
Input from congressional stakeholders, veteran service organizations, non-governmental organizations and other community partners is welcome.
According to the VA website, the state of Louisiana, working on behalf of the city of New Orleans, acquired an approximately 30-acre footprint in the area of New Orleans commonly known as Mid-City, which was then turned over to the VA for a new medical center. Called Project Legacy, the facility will be bounded by Canal Street, South Rocheblave Street, South Galvez Street and Tulane Avenue. The site is blocks from the old VAMC New Orleans that was damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
The VA Hospital is not part of the new teaching hospital being built to replace Charity Hospital facility, but is being built next to it. Information from the VA states the new medical center will not completely replace the many VA clinics that have been in place since Hurricane Katrina. Many community-based outpatient clinics will not be replaced or closed when the new medical center opens, especially those located outside of New Orleans metro area.
Facilities located within the metro New Orleans area, such as the eye clinic, APU and dental clinics, will close once the medical center reopens and those functions are relocated to the new campus. More information on Project Legacy can be found under “Frequently Asked Questions” at www.neworleans.va.gov/project_legacy.asp.
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