Allred visits new Garland VA Medical Center as VA Expands Services to More North Texas Veterans
Garland, Texas – Today, Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) visited the new Garland VA Medical Center for the first time since the facility was secured by the North Texas VA Health Care System and opened in April to serve veterans with COVID-19. The facility began serving a broader population of veterans this week for basic services.
Allred led the effort to move the project forward, starting with a request last year with Congressman Ron Wright (R-TX-06) and other Texas lawmakers. 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.
“When North Texans work together we can do great things,” said Allred. “The opening of this facility is the result of bipartisan cooperation and partnership between every level of government. The Garland VA Medical Center will help our community fight the spread of coronavirus and provide desperately needed care for our veterans. It was so inspiring to see the hardworking folks at the VA serving our veterans. I’m grateful to everyone in our North Texas community for pushing this project over the finish line and to all our VA health care professionals for their hard work helping veterans on the frontlines of this pandemic.”
The Garland VA Medical Center is currently being used to treat veterans with COVID-19. Today the facility began basic services ready to serve about 8,000 patients including Patient Aligned Care Teams, Well Women’s Teams, laboratory functions, pharmacists, social workers and dietitian services. In the coming months, the Garland VA Medical Center will expand services to veterans that will include dermatology, radiology and community-care.
Over time the facility will grow to serve the over 184,000 North Texas veterans and will create about 5,000 jobs.