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October 7, 2020 focus on veterans in the workplace

UMass Medical School reaches construction milestone with $75M VA facility

Photo | Courtesy | UMass Medical School UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins signs a beam later lifted into place at the top of a new Veterans Affairs care facility being built where the medical school shares a campus with UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Photo | Courtesy | UMass Medical School A steel beam is placed atop a four-story Veterans Affairs care facility being built next to UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center's University Campus in Worcester.

UMass Medical School reached a construction milestone on Wednesday with its new Veterans Affairs care facility, placing the top steel beam into place.

The medical school, which held a socially-distanced ceremonial topping-off ceremony, is building a new outpatient health clinic on its Belmont Street campus in Worcester to replace a smaller facility on Lincoln Street. The new building will have 65 exam, consultation and procedure rooms, and specialty care in areas including radiology, echo-cardiology, physical and occupational therapy.

The VA clinic will take up just over half of a four-story, 100,000-square foot building replacing a former regional office for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The building, expected to cost up to $75 million, is set to be complete by mid-2021.

The new facility will vastly increase space for caring for veterans compared to the Lincoln Street location. It will expand a partnership between the medical school and the VA, which started with a specialty clinic at 377 Plantation St. for podiatry, audiology and optometry services opened in 2016.

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