By Kyle Bailey
News Radio 1240 KQEN
January 15, 2016 4:45 a.m.
After fighting what he calls Òyears of bureaucratic delays and mismanagementÓ, Congressman Peter DeFazio will be part of a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday to celebrate the new VA healthcare center in Eugene.
A press release from the CongressmanÕs office says he has been a champion of the new healthcare center for years. The release says that DeFazio was instrumental in securing nearly $80 million in federal funding for the facility and closely monitored the management of the project. DeFazio says the new facility will provide shorter wait times and improved care for many Oregon veterans.
Although Congress approved funding for the project in 2009, construction was delayed for several years due to contracting and zoning issues. Construction finally started in 2014. The new Eugene VA Healthcare Center will employ 120 people and will eventually handle 93,000 patient visits per year.
The clinic will offer services including ambulatory surgeries, speech pathology, cardiopulmonary, podiatry, and more. The center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The center is at the corner of Chad Drive and Old Coburg Road in Eugene.