Study puts a price on Omaha VA hospital problems

OMAHA, Neb. | A new report details the shortcomings of Omaha’s aging, crumbling veterans hospital and estimates that upgrading the facility would cost between $477 million and $603 million.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, who released the study Monday, says the problems described in the report are not a surprise, but he believes the study will help the hospital get the funding it needs for repairs.

The hospital has several structural problems including rusty pipes and an outdated air-handling system.

And the study estimates that the Omaha VA Medical Center won’t have nearly enough space to meet veterans’ needs in the future.

The upgrade options described in the study include different combinations of new construction and renovations at the current midtown Omaha site.