Harriman mayor offers Roane Medical Center to VA for $1 per year

Harriman mayor offers Roane Medical Center to VA for $1 per year

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Harriman Mayor Chris Mason wants to lease the Roane Medical Center to the Veterans Administration to use as a hospital once the new facility is complete. Harriman Mayor Chris Mason wants to lease the Roane Medical Center to the Veterans Administration to use as a hospital once the new facility is complete.
"We could not get them to come down and look at what we were offering, so I drove up, sat down and presented it to them, so it's really the first time that they've actually heard all of the details," Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said. "We could not get them to come down and look at what we were offering, so I drove up, sat down and presented it to them, so it's really the first time that they've actually heard all of the details," Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.
"It would save me a day's pay, I usually have to take off a day and it would save me a day's pay and $70 to $80 in gas," said Vietnam veteran Melvin Page. "It would save me a day's pay, I usually have to take off a day and it would save me a day's pay and $70 to $80 in gas," said Vietnam veteran Melvin Page.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) - The Roane Medical Center is about to be vacant once a new facility opens in February.

Harriman Mayor Chris Mason says he has a plan for the old facility.

He wants to lease the Roane Medical Center to the Veterans Administration to use as a hospital once the new facility is complete.

The offer is that the VA could lease the facility from the city to use as a hospital or nursing home for only $1 per year.

Currently, the closest VA hospitals are in Murfreesboro and Johnson City.

"Their statistics show that there are 3,300 registered veterans in our twelve-county area that are currently using their hospital facility in Murfreesboro or Johnson City. There are actually better than 84,000 veterans in the twelve-county area. They're just not actively using the hospitals," Mason explained.

One veteran says he uses the VA hospitals in Murfreesboro and Johnson City, but he thinks a lot more veterans would sign up for VA benefits if there were a hospital closer to home.

"It would save me a day's pay, I usually have to take off a day and it would save me a day's pay and $70 to $80 in gas, but like I said if you go to the VA hospital, and your appointment is at ten o'clock, that ties up your whole day," said Vietnam veteran Melvin Page.

Page says the hospitals in Middle and Upper East Tennessee are also congested and could use some relief. He also says driving that far isn't an option in an emergency.

Mason hopes the VA will at least consider the offer.

"That's why I went to Washington, because we could not get them to come down and look at what we were offering, so I drove up, sat down and presented it to them, so it's really the first time that they've actually heard all of the details," Mason added.

Mason says they could probably sell the hospital, but he would prefer to find a way to give back to local veterans.

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