VA to Recommend Closing Northampton Medical Center After National Review of Aging Assets

VA to Recommend Closing Northampton Medical Center After National Review of Aging Assets

According to a report, the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to recommend closing its nearly century-old medical center in Northampton, a move that could reroute nursing home care and rehabilitation programs to a VA facility in Newington, Connecticut, while moving outpatient and mental health services to a VA clinic in Springfield and community providers.

Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough lays out the recommendations in a report he'll release on Monday. These findings are part of a nationwide assessment launched in December 2018 as part of a larger effort to "modernize or realign facilities" in the coming years to better meet the needs of veterans, according to the VA MISSION Act of 2018 and VA officials.

In the future, the group plans to upgrade its facilities, streamline services, and close out certain operations where outdated facilities - designed to serve veterans of the first three world wars in the 20th century - are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain while posing a barrier to serving the needs of an evolving veteran population.