Allred: New Agreement Will Secure New VA Health Facility in Garland, Help Fight COVID-19
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) today announced that an agreement has been reached for Baylor, Scott & White to donate an existing, vacant hospital to the North Texas VA Health System, clearing the way to open a VA health care facility in Garland. Within weeks, the hospital will initially be used by the VA to treat COVID-19 patients, and will have 100 beds.
Allred led the effort to move the project forward, starting with a letter last year with Congressman Ron Wright (R-TX-06). Over the last several months, Allred has been in close communication with leadership at the North Texas VA and Baylor, Scott & White to help convene stakeholders and get the project approved.
Statement from Congressman Allred:
“We must marshal all the resources we have to beat this virus, and in the near-term, this will help our community as we fight the spread of COVID-19 and provide care for those who need it.
“I want to thank Dr. Richard Stone at the Veterans’ Health Administration, Dr. Stephen Holt and Kendrick Brown at the North Texas VA and Baylor, Scott and White for helping to get this done through countless phone calls and an incredible amount of collaboration.
“In the long term, this is a huge victory for our veterans and the city of Garland. I am so proud of our North Texas community as everyone involved has rolled up their sleeves to get this much-needed agreement across the finish line. It will create thousands of jobs, help serve 184,000 veterans and save the VA hundreds of millions of dollars.
“However, we still have much more work to do. As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I will continue to work with local officials and our bipartisan coalition to ensure that this facility meets our veterans’ needs and supports our public health system in this time of crisis.”
Background about the new proposed VA health care facility:
- The Dallas VA estimates that the new medical center could eventually create about 5,000 jobs.
- The 470,000 square foot facility, which closed its doors in 2018, was donated by Baylor, Scott & White and will eventually serve as an outpatient and specialty care clinic for North Texas veterans
- The facility will eventually serve 184,000 veterans in North Texas.
- The donation of a vacant hospital will save the VA system hundreds of millions of dollars, as estimates to build a new hospital range from $800 million to $1 billion.
- The Dallas Morning News wrote an editorial in favor of the project last August.