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The hospital has several structural problems including rusty pipes and an outdated air-handling system.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.
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The upgrade options described in the study include different combinations of new construction and renovations at the current midtown Omaha site.