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VA cancels plans for $15 million mental health building in Spokane

Thirty-eight other projects are in progress for Fiscal Year 2019 at a value of $52.9 Million.

The Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane cancelled its plans to build a new $15 million mental health building in 2019, according to the medical center's director. 

VA’s Northwest Health Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 20, and Veteran’s Affairs selected Mann-Grandstaff as the VA’s “pilot site” for the system-wide Electronic Health Record Modernization project earlier this year. The three organizations approved construction, expansion and planned projects at the medical center campus. 

These included:

  • $19.9 million new Boiler Plant to begin construction in 2019 with expected completion in 2020.
  • $15.4 million new Primary Care Clinic Building to support the expanding health care needs of Veterans.
  • $2.7 million dollar newly completed Sterile Processing Suite Expansion, which allows for increased capacity and enhanced work flow, was completed this year.
  • $5.5 million new Operating Room/Surgical Suite on second floor of the main hospital.

Thirty-eight total projects are in progress for Fiscal Year 2019 at a value of $52.9 Million.

The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center explained in a press release Wednesday that all construction projects are subject to prioritization and review at the national level, which resulted in the removal of the mental health building from the list. 

“After further examination and project prioritization, the final list of approved projects was reduced to ensure successful execution of all remaining construction projects,” Dr. Robert J. Fischer, medical center director, said. “Unfortunately our Mental Health Building required removal from the list. I remain confident that we will submit a compelling argument to support this endeavor in a future Strategic Capital Investment Process (SCIP) cycle.”