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Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News June 2019

The official opening of the Denver-area’s new state-of-the-art VA SCI/D center is great news for hundreds of veterans throughout the region.

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It took some extra time and money, but the new state-of-the-art spinal-cord injury and disorders (SCI/D) center at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) Medical Center in Aurora, Colo., is officially open and accepting patients. Calling it “the best of the VA,” Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Executive Director Carl Blake helped open the center with VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Director Sallie Houser-Hanfelder and other dignitaries at a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 8. The VA’s first SCI unit to open since 2013 accepted its first inpatient the next day.

“This is the most state-of-the-art SCI center, and frankly VA medical center, I have ever seen,” Blake says. “The debate over community care and privatization for veterans would be decidedly different if the VA had more facilities like this in its health care system.”

Houser-Hanfelder agreed with Blake about the center and also spoke about the work veterans service organizations (VSO), especially PVA, did to make the center possible. 

“It is important to always know who the people are that make it happen,” she says.

 

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