VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
NEWS RELEASE: New law allows VA to establish innovative partnership for infrastructure needs
December 16, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama signed the Communities Helping Invest through Property and Improvements Needed for Veterans Act of 2016 (CHIP IN for Vets Act) that creates an innovative pilot project under which VA can accept donations of real property, including medical facilities, at no additional cost to the government, to support VA’s mission and operations of serving Veterans. The legislation was successfully sponsored by Senator Deb Fischer and Representative Brad Ashford of Nebraska, who collaborated with VA, key leaders in the Omaha community, and Members of Congress to create a solution for an established need.
VA believes this legislation provides an existing opportunity to engage in partnership initiatives with non-federal organizations and donors, to support and provide state-of-the-art solutions to help support the VA’s capital project needs.
Under this legislation, VA will be able to enter into a total of five donation infrastructure projects. VA has worked collaboratively to evaluate potential partnership opportunities with public and private sector entities and believes they can provide VA with better return on investment for healthcare and physical plant over the project lifecycle.
“The CHIP IN for Vets Act serves as the foundation for future public-private partnership activity for the VA,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald.
“We are very thankful to Senator Fischer and Representative Ashford for sponsoring this legislation that will enable VA to build a state-of-the-art ambulatory care medical center for Veterans in the Nebraska-Western Iowa area,” said B. Don Burman, director, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. “We are looking forward to collaborating with our local community partners whose commitment will allow the VA to continue to provide excellent health care to Veterans in a modern medical complex.”