Veterans hospitals look at consolidating services

Veterans hospitals look at consolidating services

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is considering consolidating acute and intensive care and psychiatric services between its Nashville and Murfreesboro hospitals, instead of offering both services at both locations.

The Tennessean reports that the proposal may mean veterans who live in Murfreesboro would have to go to Nashville for long hospital stays and Nashville veterans would have to go to Murfreesboro for in-patient psychiatric services.

Christopher Alexander, a spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, said nothing has been approved. It's part of a system-wide proposal to improve efficiency and cut costs at the country's veterans hospitals.

Raymond Kelley, national legislative director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said saving costs make financial sense, but his concern is that the renovations for the proposal could be underfunded.

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