Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
VA's Lee County Clinic Construction Project Awarded
November 10, 2009
Bay Pines, FL – The $53.1 million dollar project to construct a new Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic in Cape Coral, Florida was awarded to Kraft Construction Co, Inc, based in Naples, Florida. This is the next step needed toward building the new facility which will provide expanded services for southwest Florida veterans. The VA purchased the 30 acre parcel of land, located at the northwest corner of Diplomat Parkway and Corbett Road, in 2006.
Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14), who fought for the federal funding for the new outpatient clinic in Congress, said, “I’m thrilled that the construction contract for the new VA clinic has been awarded, and just in time for Veterans Day – a fitting way to honor those who have sacrificed for our country. We can now move forward with the construction of this vital clinic, which will offer more health services to Southwest Florida’s veterans, who have had to travel to St. Petersburg for specialty care. I’m pleased that the contract was awarded to a local contractor and I’m confident that in no time we’ll have a new, state-of-the-art facility ready to serve Southwest Florida’s veterans.”
The new clinic, planned for just over 220,000 gross square feet (3 times the size of the current VA Clinic located in Fort Myers), will be a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary specialty care and outpatient clinic offering services such as: primary care, mental health care, diagnostic radiology, laboratory services, audiology, cardiology with cardiac non-invasive diagnostic services, urology, GI, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dermatology, ambulatory surgery, and advanced imaging including CT, MRI, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, mammography and vascular Doppler ultrasound.
VA is expecting to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lee County Clinic in January 2010.