VA Hospital holds groundbreaking ceremony for new CLC facility

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Staff Writer

The West Texas VA Hospital broke ground Friday morning on a multi-million dollar project to construct a 10-bed cottage and community center to be used for rehabilitation and long-term care patients.
“This is a long time coming isn’t it,” Kalautie S. JangDhari, VA Hospital director said to the small crowd gathered at the groundbreaking ceremony located on the west side of the hospital’s campus. “We are very, very proud to have you here, to have this day finally come.”
Currently, the VA Hospital houses a 40-bed Community Living Center for long-term care on the fifth floor of the 1950s era facility. Phase one of project is the construction of a 10-bed cottage which includes single rooms with private bathrooms, a dinning area, laundry area, and spa bath. The Community Center, once complete, will include a multipurpose room with stage, great room, an Internet café, barber shop, conference room, and administrative offices.
This is a long-term project lasting over a number of years with more cottages to follow before completion, JangDhari said. Once finished, hospital officials hope to eventually move the CLC from the fifth floor to the new living center. Phase I of the project is expected to be complete In late 2018.