Omaha VA explores partnership for new care facility, including possibly UNMC’s Project NExT | Govt-and-politics
Such a union would in some ways make sense, he said. UNMC already has a number of research and education partnerships with the VA, and many VA services are staffed by UNMC faculty and residents.
UNMC also already has several federal partners on Project NExT, including the U.S. Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services.
And as with the recent new VA facility, Project NExT is being planned with significant private donor support.
The cost of Project NExT has been estimated at $2.6 billion, but Gold has said the number could be as high as $4.3 billion. The state of Nebraska’s $300 million contribution to the project was made contingent on securing federal and private dollars.
Gold said the VA nationally provides veterans’ health services by a number of different models, including leasing space from private and state health care providers.
But for more than a decade, even scaled-back renovation plans couldn’t get funded — stuck behind other projects nationally on a long waiting list.