According to several media reports, the Providence Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital has just broken ground on a 6.1 million dollar Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine on the medical center’s Smith Hill campus (the relatively recent outpatient care center is in the VA’s photo above with the main hospital building behind). The center will focus on cutting edge research and treatment for combat amputees. I have yet to see any renders of the new structure. Providence is one of only 13 VA site in the US getting one of the multidiciplinary divisions and it is a collaboration here with MIT.
The VA itself is something of a silent giant here in the city and region. The hospital is a 119 bed full service facility that has 32 outpatient specialty clinics and employs over 800 people. Over 160,000 patients (with almost 300,000 outpatient visits) are treated per year at our VA hospital. They have outpatient clinics in Eagle Square and Middletown, RI. It’s also a major teaching site for Brown’s Alpert Medical School, Harvard’s Dental School, and URI’s Pharmacy School.
The new building and expansion are only good news for Providence in the midst of our current economy.