Veterans Administration rejects proposal for Roane County VA

Veterans Administration rejects proposal for Roane County VA hospital


HARRIMAN (WATE) - The Veterans Administration rejected the call for a new VA hospital in Roane County.

In a letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, the department said there was "no feasible justification" for a hospital because of a declining demand for inpatient hospital beds in the area.

In July, members of Congress toured the old Roane Medical Center in Harriman, which is the proposed site for the hospital.

"Unfortunately this isn't the result Roane County veterans were hoping for," Sen. Alexander said in a statement. "We will continue to look for ways to help our veterans get the care they deserve."

The VA's rejection letter points to clinics in Rockwood, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

Veterans received notices last week informing them that the Roane County VA clinic would be closing amid contractor staffing problems.

Officials said it could take months to line up a new contractor.

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