The VA is a cabinet-level federal agency responsible for providing vital services to the 22 million U.S. military veterans currently living in the U.S. and an additional 25.7 million family members and dependents eligible for benefits. The VA is America’s largest integrated healthcare system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.97 million veterans annually. The VA employs nearly 350,000 people, all dedicated to providing infrastructure and support to U.S. veterans and their families.
The VA is a service-based organization with a sizeable portion of its annual budget going towards the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA offers a broad range of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services for veterans in need through the 124,000 healthcare professionals throughout the VA. The VA, as widely reported, is undergoing a transformation in the design and functionality of its healthcare facilities. The VA is shifting much of its medical treatment from traditional inpatient hospital facilities to state-of-the-art Class A outpatient facilities, often developed and owned by the private sector.
Delivering on one of the core missions of the agency, the VA – South Bend facility provides outpatient services, including primary medical care, mental health care, audiology, optometry, radiology, cardiology, pulmonology, podiatry, urology and gastrointestinal endoscopy to thousands of veterans located throughout several surrounding counties. VA – South Bend is a relocation of an older VA clinic in South Bend and is four times larger than the VA facility it replaces. This new, state-of-the-art facility is staffed with approximately 190 employees. The VA estimates this facility will see 12,000 patients in its first year of operation, 14,000 patients in its second year of operation, and 16,000 patients in its third year of operation. Following the trend of newer VA facilities, the property will be in close proximity to the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, a recently constructed $350 million 254-bed facility.
VA – South Bend was completed in late 2017 and is 100% leased to the VA for an initial, non-cancelable term of 15 years. VA – South Bend is targeted to achieve LEED for Healthcare Silver certification.