From the decision: Study to examine needs

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The following are excerpts from Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi's decision about the fate of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

"After considering the Commission's recommendations, the Secretary determined that further study is required. Accordingly, the Secretary will commission a comprehensive study to determine how to improve the environment of care in Walla Walla, while maximizing use of VA resources."

"The study will evaluate the demand for health care against the availability of care in the community and patient safety concerns as well as consider the limitations and substantial costs of maintaining an aging and expensive medical center campus for a current total inpatient and nursing home average daily census of 53."

"The study will examine multiple options and will include the potential for partnership with community and private sector organizations to provide nursing home and psychiatric inpatient care to veterans in the community. VA will consider options for moving into a more modern and efficient infrastructure designed to provide quality patient care."

"The study will take into account the fact that the existing campus is much larger than needed to provide VA medical care and consumes scarce resources that could be better applied to meeting veterans' needs."

Source: The Veterans Administration

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