April 7, 2011 marked the beginning of consolidating patient care activities from Brecksville to Wade Park. Patients will now be seen in the Bed Tower for physical medicine and rehabilitation care.
The new, 8-story Bed Tower will soon support state of the art care and healing to hundreds of patients and will also enable The Cleveland VAMC to provide care to Veterans needing inpatient blind rehabilitation, ventilator care, and long-term spinal cord injury care. Over the next two months the new Bed Tower will be completely activated and all inpatient care will be provided exclusively at Wade Park.
On May 4th, domiciliary care for Homeless Veterans will be moved to the new VA/VOA Domiciliary. This brand new building will allow the VA, in partnership with the Volunteers of America, to provide care to a greater number of Veterans than we can currently care for in Building 4 at Brecksville.
The outpatient care activities currently provided at Brecksville will be consolidated in Building 2 and will remain at Brecksville until January, 2012 when the 74,000 sq. ft. Parma Outpatient Clinic opens.
Of course, this exciting time of transformation and consolidation at Wade Park is bittersweet. The Brecksville Campus has been home to many staff, visitors, volunteers and Veterans for 50 years. In fact, Brecksville saw its first patient on September 5, 1961 when it opened as a 999-bed VA psychiatric hospital. The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center has a reputation of providing the highest quality of care to our Nation’s Heroes. Our standards are high and must remain high as we transfer patient care and support activities from Brecksville to Wade Park over the next five months.
Thank you to our staff and volunteers for their support and dedication to the ClevelandVAMC’s mission during this time of change. We look forward to providing excellent care to our Veterans in our new facilities.