WALORSKI HOLDS DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ACCOUNTABLE

Friday, April 12, 2013

Congresswoman inquires on timeline for delayed community-based outpatient clinic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing, Walorski requested a status update on the construction of the new South Bend VA clinic from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. The Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) is set to open in 2015, but the VA recently reported construction delays, postponing the timeline and exact opening date for the facility. Dr. Robert A. Petzel, Under Secretary for Health for the Veterans Administration, plans to return an updated report to the Congresswoman “immediately.” The new 65,000 square-foot facility is needed to accommodate more veterans in the Michiana area.

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Full Remarks:

Walorski:

Mr. Secretary, it is good to see you again. I understand in your testimony, that you had spoken about, that since 2009 the VA has opened an additional 57 community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). And as you’re aware, a new CBOC is planned to open in my district in 2015. Since I saw you last, it is my understanding this project is behind. Is there a status report you can provide to the veterans in my district as to the status of that CBOC?

Hon. Shinseki:

I’d like to give you the best answer I can, I am going to call on Dr. Petzel.

Dr. Petzel:

I have information about the South Bend CBOC. And that is…as I understand it… it did have a delay. But, as I am told it is back on pace. I can’t give you a date when it is open but we will get back to you and see if we can do that.

Walorski:

I appreciate that, thank you very much. And in that getting back to us, is there some kind of a timeline we can expect a status report?

Dr. Petzel:

Immediately. I will have someone get back to you within the next week at the latest.

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