VA of Central Western Massachusetts receives $19M for facility upgrades


The VA of Central Western Massachusetts has received millions of dollars for facility upgrades this year. 

Nineteen million dollars has been poured into the VA of Central Western Massachusetts in 2018, for its ongoing construction and maintenance projects.

“This is one of the oldest campuses in the VA,” Associate Director of the VA of Central Western Massachusetts, Andrew McMahon said. “The building dates back to 1922 and we are working to modernize the infrastructure to help meet the care if the current needs of our veteran population.”

The Leeds campus is one of eight in Central and Western Massachusetts. In the last three years, the main campus in Leeds has received more than $40 million for renovations. 

Of the $19 million received this year, $600,000 has gone into the Audiology Department.   

“The $600,000 they put into this, really you walk in and you feel like you are actually at a doctors office and it feels bright and new and it’s just so nice,” Chief of Audiology, Jill Hawley said. “The veterans response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Improvements to the Radiology department include new equipment and  X-ray room renovations.

This year’s more than $2 million investment into the radiology department hopes to increase the number of veterans served, and decrease wait times.

“It shows the commitment of the VA to providing state of the art services and care for the veterans,” Chief of Radiology, John Hubbard said. “This is going to improve access for us and faster turn-around times and it’s offering the latest and greatest imaging modality.”

The VA of Central Western Massachusetts has seen an increase in funding every year since 2015 when they only received a little more than $2 million.

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