Modernizing YOUR Houston VA - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Modernizing YOUR Houston VA

The new 4-story parking garage, set on the edge of campus near the Cambridge entrance.

The new 4-story parking garage, set on the edge of campus near the Cambridge entrance.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is taking active steps to modernize and improve its facilities for the more than 112,000 Veterans who seek care from the Medical Center and our Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

A number of key projects and initiatives have been completed or are underway at your Houston VA.  These improvement efforts are the result of intensive strategic planning undertaken by MEDVAMC leaders, and frontline employees with input from Veterans and other external stakeholder groups.

Two of the most substantial and visible changes on the MEDVAMC campus are the ongoing construction of our new Mental Health Building and the completion of our brand new parking garage. A new two-story, 25,000 square foot mental health building, which will be located right next to the main medical center entrance, is set to open in late spring of this year.  In the past six years, MEDVAMC’s mental health programs and services have grown tremendously. Staffing in mental health has more than doubled and our dedicated mental health professionals look forward to serving Veterans in the brand new building later this year.

Good news!!! Construction on the new MEDVAMC parking garage is complete.  The new 4-story parking garage, set on the edge of campus near the Cambridge entrance, will give us 430 additional parking spaces on campus. By making the new garage employee parking, we will be able to open closer parking spaces to Veterans and decrease the wait times in our valet. Currently, construction crews are working on widening the street near the new parking garage to accommodate large vehicles and an employee shuttle that will take staff to and from the garage to the Medical Center.  Parking has long been challenge at MEDVAMC and we look forward to opening our new parking garage next month. Stay tuned for additional details as our parking garage opening day draws near. 

If you’ve driven on the MEDVAMC campus lately, you have likely noticed the completion of our solar panel project.  These panels allow us to provide covered parking to most visitor and patient lots on campus while saving millions of dollars in energy costs over time. Our solar panels on campus are color coded to assist patients and visitors in remembering where their cars are parked.   (i.e, patients parking near the Spinal Cord entrance will park under the blue solar panels and enter the building near the blue elevators.).  The solar panels support the President’s renewable energy goals and the covered parking will be especially appreciated during the hot summer months. 

In 2017, MEDVAMC unveiled new online interactive campus and floor maps. The interactive maps present the same clear information as on a printed map, but in an easy-to-use format that provides step-by-step directions to your destination. You can select the department or building you need, and a moving route marker leads you turn-by-turn to your destination.  Click on the below links to take a look at our new maps.   
   
Interactive Campus Map      
Printable Floor Maps     

A number of other projects will be coming to fruition and remain ongoing around the Medical Center in 2018.  The construction phase of a new Geriatrics Clinic project on the 4th floor is proceeding ahead of schedule. We anticipate relocating the Geriatrics Clinic from its current location in the ER to the newly remodeled 4th floor space in February of this year.  This will allow for further expansion of our ER in the months to come.

In addition, the main lobby of the medical center, as well as all of our elevators will be receiving a makeover in the coming year. Expansion of our Operating Rooms, Spinal Cord Injury Units, and Emergency Room are also in the immediate plans. 

According to Frank Vazquez, Medical Center Director, MEDVAMC will continue developing improvement initiatives aimed to modernize our facilities and services while meeting the needs of America's Veterans in 2018.

“MEDVAMC is on a mission to continuously change and grow to meet the needs of the Veterans we serve,” said Vazquez.  “The improvement initiatives you see around the Medical Center are a result of direct feedback from the Veterans we serve in southeast Texas and the thousands of professionals we employ, many of whom are Veterans. We are committed to providing our Veterans with the top quality healthcare in a professional, modern environment.  The Veterans we serve deserve nothing less.” 

To learn more about the MEDVAMC’s  modernization efforts, please visit www.houston.va.gov or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

 

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