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(S.D.)-New Proposal Made Monday To Save Hot Springs VA Hospital  Listen

By: Kevin Larsen Posted at: 08/12/2014 07:33 AM

(HOT SPRINGS) - A proposal to save the historic Veterans Affairs hospital in Hot Springs includes adding a medical college, and medical research and treatment using stem cells.
The three-pronged approach is being broached by the Veterans National Recovery Center of Des Moines, Iowa. Officials will submit the plan to Veterans Affairs as the federal agency determines the future of the century-old South Dakota facility.
Veterans' National Recovery Center president Bob Krause says it's an optimistic new proposal, aimed at saving the Hot SpringsVA from closure. For the past two years, Krause says the organization has been drafting a plan to create a medical research institute and college on the campus of the Hot Springs VA Medical Center…
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Krause says the proposal will be presented as part of the overall environmental impact statement process being undertaken by the Department of Veterans Affairs to determine the future of the Hot Springs VA Medical Center. It would create a new osteopathic college on the Hot SpringsVA campus.
The facility opened as the Battle Mountain Sanitarium in 1907 to treat Civil War veterans. The National Trust for Historic Preservation in June named it as one of America's 11 most endangered historic places.
The VA wants to abandon the building as part of a restructuring of its services in the Black Hills. The agency is studying the various impacts of doing so. The comment period ends Saturday.
Krause says its proposal would only work if the Department of Veterans Affairs decides not to close the facility.


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