VA Hospital adds on $30 million in construction

Nov 11, 2013 Read more: KOAT-TV

The only veterans hospital in the state is adding on $30 million worth of construction, quite possibly making it the biggest provider in the region.

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#1 Nov 11, 2013
But is it going to increase the level of care veterans get there? I hope so for the sake of those who need it.

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#2 Nov 12, 2013
<h1>VA Hospital new construction is NOT American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. </h1>


Group offices are not wheelchair accessible.

Bathrooms can not be accessed by a left handed person in a wheelchair.

Bathroom has a step next to toilet that prevents wheelchair from getting close to toilet.

A handicapped person skilled in ADA code should be required to go through the new construction before they complete it so that needed revisions are done so that additional costs are not incurred by the government for faulty construction.

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#3 Nov 12, 2013

That I suppose depends upon the productivity, or the loss of productivity that the design of the new construction is going to cause.

Obviously the criminal neglect in the design of the new construction related to ADA code must be addressed. This may be a temporary oversight that they will correct before construction is completed.

But, if productivity goes down, then the designer of the new construction should be fired. Think of the cost of personnel. A physician makes $200k to $300k a year. If 8 physicians have their productivity reduced by half, that is a loss of $1 million dollars a year just in their labor costs. There are at least 100 physicians and 500 support staff at the VA. Plus there are other losses related to logistics and the need to outsource services not provided.

$30 million spent that reduces productivity could easily cost the VA $300 million in lost return on investment if the construction reduces productivity over the lifetime of the construction use.

If the productivity goes up, without losing personnel due to professional harassment from trying to force productivity in an environment that reduces productivity. Then the design personnel may have known what they were doing.

But walking through the facility, there seems to be some self-serving corruption going on because ADA code is so fundamental to any hospital construction activity.

I will bet someone is trying to get a promotion and they are not qualified to make the decisions they are making.

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