Apr 24, 2012 9:58 AM by AP

Lafayette group seeks hospital for veterans

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette veterans group has resumed its efforts to push the former Our Lady of Lourdes hospital site to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a way to fill the need for expanded health services for area veterans.

Tom Grote, co-chairman of the Veterans Action Coalition, tells The Advocate the federal agency could use the site as a medical complex and provide an array of services beyond primary and specialty health care.

The coalition met Monday with members voting to send a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki urging him to consider the Lourdes site.

Grote told the group it will likely be another two years before a new clinic opens in Lafayette because of the delay caused by the technical error in the site selection paperwork.


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