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Secretary Shinseki Announces Over $153 Million for Biloxi
Date:8/12/2009

Six Contracts Improve, Expand Health Care Services

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced six contracts have been awarded worth $153.7 million to build new health care facilities and expand existing services that provide care to Veterans in the Biloxi, Miss., area.

"Rebuilding VA's resources within the Gulfport-Biloxi area is a top priority," Secretary Shinseki said. "These contracts will allow us to provide our Veterans with quality health care, expand our services and stimulate the region's economy."

The projects, which include an addition to the medical center, new mental health facility, blind rehabilitation center, extended-care facility, parking garage and utility upgrades, are the result of a Department-wide reorganization of VA's health care resources and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The most recent contracts include construction of a four-story clinical addition to the Biloxi VA Medical Center and a new 26-bed rehabilitation facility to train sight-impaired Veterans in the skills for independent living.

The addition will be connected to the existing hospital and provide space for outpatient surgery, a step-down unit, as well as primary and specialty care clinics. The $36.6 million contract was awarded to Hoar Construction of Birmingham, Ala., and was part of an earlier plan to consolidate Gulfport services with Biloxi.

The rehabilitation unit is a stand-alone facility to be built on the Biloxi campus by Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, also of Birmingham, at a cost of $14 million. Plans include separate space for training Veterans in skills needed for independent living.

A new parking garage, surface parking and the associated site work to improve access to the Biloxi campus and its new buildings and service
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