Veterans living in the Tulsa metro area will soon have a new VA hospital available to them.
Congress approved $120 million on December 21, and President Trump signed it into law Sunday, to build a new veterans hospital in downtown Tulsa. The hospital will be located at 7th and Houston on the expanded OSU Medical Center Campus; it will convert the existing Kerr-Edmondson Buildings on the site into a 275,000 square-foot, 58-bed medical-surgical hospital for veterans.
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More than 30,000 veterans in the Tulsa metro area currently travel to the Jack C. Montgomery Medical Center in Muskogee to receive services. An estimated 78,000 veterans in the Eastern Oklahoma VA area are closer to Tulsa than to Muskogee, leading planners to estimate that the new hospital could help up to 14,000 more veterans each year.
The project is scheduled to finish in late 2023 and open to patients in 2024. The cost to build the hospital is estimated to be around $130 million, with $120 million in federal appropriation and $10 million in philanthropic support.
The community-driven project is made possible by the Congressional CHIP-IN for Veterans Act of 2016 (Communities Helping Invest through Properties and Improvements Needed for Veterans). The act allows local communities to serve as developers for healthcare facilities that are stated VA priorities.