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Staff, Veterans enjoy state-of-the-art upgrade

hospital workers pose before cutting ribbon
The 1A inpatient medical unit at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center recently opened to patients in early September.

After a yearlong wait, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) leaders unveiled the new 1A inpatient unit Sept. 12 with engineering staff and Blue Cord Construction. The renovation process took roughly 15 months to complete.

The medical inpatient unit offers Veterans a state-of-the-art health care environment bridging world-class services with modern designs and architectures. Prior to the construction, 1A inpatients shared their room with another patient. Now, Veterans enjoy their stay at the Murfreesboro campus in a single-occupancy room giving them peace of mind.

"I cannot express my gratitude and thanks to our leaders and team enough for making this happen," Andrew Wallace, nurse manager on 1A said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. "This beautiful construction means so much to the 1A nurses and our patients and is a testimony to why Veterans should come to VA for their care."

The construction was a joint effort between multiple departments like nursing, engineering, contracting, logistics, and IT to ensure a smooth transition of patient before, during and after the project completion.

Wallace provided a tour of the newly constructed unit to TVHS leaders and staff spotlighting the new improvements and upgrades. The unit offers 20 inpatient beds and several rooms are designed to better meet the needs of bariatric patients.

In the fall of 2023, the 1B inpatient unit at the Alvin C. York campus will undergo construction and modernization.

For more information on construction and upgrade projects at TVHS facilities, reach out to TVHS Engineering Chief Craig Hrobak.



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