February 11, 2013

Foundation Begins for New Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center

Photo: Overview of the construction site looking towards Miranda Ave.
Construction crews of the new Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center have begun to pour the foundation for the new building.  The new center will overlap the original WBRC footprint on the Palo Alto VAPAHCS campus.  This will be the VA's first and only Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center to be combined with a Blind Rehabilitation Center. 
Photo: Foundation forms for one side of the building footprint
At 174,000 square feet, this new facility is the largest consolidated rehabilitation center in the VA.  The Rehabilitation Center includes 24 beds for the polytrauma program, 32 beds for the blind rehabilitation program, and 12 beds for the polytrauma transitional rehabilitation program.
Photo: A section of concrete foundation
The center will also have an outpatient physical therapy/occupational therapy clinic, an outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic, and clinical programs for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans.

Rendering of the new Polytrauma and Blind Center
Construction is anticipated to complete in late 2014 with the building becoming operational in January 2015.
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