The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has twenty-three health care networks. The Midwest Veterans Affairs Integrated Service Network, also known as VISN 23, serves more than 430,000 enrolled veterans and their families residing in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and portions of Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The VA is a customer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the agencies have a national level interagency agreement in place for Interagency and International Support (IIS). The Corps’ support will fill a need for the VA regionally by providing rehabilitation and construction of health care facilities for veterans and their families.
Health care services in VISN 23 are delivered through an integrated system of eight hospitals, 63 community based outpatient or outreach clinics, eight community living centers and four domiciliary residential rehabilitation treatment programs. VISN 23 employs over 12,500 full-time employees and has an annual operating budget in excess of $2.5 billion. The remodeling and upgrades to these facilities will allow the VA to deliver those important services to veterans and their families.
The Corps’ support of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center with construction oversight has resulted in the VA requesting the Corps’ support of the Minneapolis Medical Center VA in other design and construction efforts.
Fiscal year 2018 project agreements include renovations to the Minneapolis VA hospital ward, parking lot, windows and exterior walls. The projects are currently being solicited for design-build contracts. The fiscal year 2019 agreements include remodeling the VA hospital hallways and upgrading two current buildings within the VA Medical Center campus.
Economy Act, 31 U.S.C. 1535(b)
Fiscal year 2018 agreements $5,690,000
Fiscal year 2019 agreements $4,500,000