More than 11 years have passed since Hurricane Katrina and its devastating floods struck New Orleans, destroying most of the city's VA medical center. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald recently cut the ribbon to dedicate the 31-acre state-of-the-art New Orleans VA Medical Center campus. The new 1.6-million-square-foot facility will serve approximately 70,000 veteran patients. The medical center will provide 120 inpatient medical and surgical beds, 20 acute psychiatric beds, 40 rehabilitation beds, 20 hospice beds and 23 examination rooms. The outpatient clinics will serve some 500,000 outpatient visits a year.
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