After years during which many veterans' facilities have been threatened with closure, the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to replace the Guy Ambulatory Care Center in Las Vegas with a new outpatient facility that's about 60% larger within three years. The VA said it will abandon Guy because of problems with the 5-year-old building as soon as it completes leases on eight to 10 smaller clinics, which will be operated until the new center is built. Last week, VA Secretary Anthony Principi toured a 61-acre vacant lot in downtown Las Vegas with Mayor Oscar Goodman. The city hopes to build a research and teaching hospital on the site. The VA said its healthcare facilities treated 4.2 million people in 2001, 11% more than in 2000.. -- by Julie Piotrowski
VA to build replacement clinic in Las Vegas
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