August 5, 2008
ModSpace’s MedBuild Team Provides 240,000 Louisiana Veterans With New Medical Care Facility
MedBuild, the specialized healthcare division of Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace(R)), recently joined government officials and local dignitaries in Reserve, Louisiana to celebrate the official grand opening of the new VA St. John Outpatient Clinic. The 9,195-square-foot clinic employs a staff of 27 and offers primary care, mental and ancillary medical services to the roughly 200 veterans that visit each week for medical care.
Special guest speakers at the July ribbon-cutting ceremony include St. John's Parish President, Bill Hubbard; Louisiana State Representative, Nickie Monica; and Director of the Southeastern Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System, Julie Catellier. Guests kept cool in the building with the brand new HVAC system, despite the hot Louisiana day."We are extremely proud of the new VA St. John Outpatient Clinic we have delivered to the Reserve, Louisiana community," says Jim Gabriel, Director of Business Development for MedBuild. "This area was in dire need of a clinic that could meet the needs of the region's 240,000 veterans. By working closely with VA health system, we were able to deliver a cost-effective modular solution that will stand up in severe weather and meet the community's needs today and tomorrow."
The old VA clinic was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, leaving the 240,000 area veterans of the VA health system to seek care in temporary facilities including a local Wal-Mart parking lot, a VFW hall, and a wing of a veteran's retirement home. These temporary sites were inadequate replacements for a much needed medical facility.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System knew they needed a solution--and they needed it fast. They turned to MedBuild, who worked closely with them to design a permanent, multi-functional, modular facility to address the needs of the area's dense veteran community. Parish officials jumped on board with the plans and donated five acres to house the new facility, and MedBuild went to work.
ModSpace drove hundreds of piles 50 feet deep to raise the site above the flood plain, paved a 78,200-square-foot concrete parking lot, and installed the 9,195-square-foot clinic. The building is comprised of 19 permanently assembled modular units, and features nine exam rooms, three counseling offices, a waiting room, administrative offices, and training space. The building also includes special design features for severe weather conditions. With proper planning, MedBuild and the VA were able to design the building and the site for support of the community in anticipation of the next severe weather event.
For more information, please contact Kathleen Rodriguez at 610-228-2131 or [email protected]
Headquartered in Berwyn, Pa., MedBuild is the specialized healthcare division of Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace(R)). MedBuild is the nation's leading provider of modular healthcare facilities, incorporating the latest modular building technologies to deliver high-end turnkey healthcare facilities on an accelerated timeline. Focusing on providing a greater return on investment for healthcare providers with a patient-centered approach to the design and development of healthcare facilities, MedBuild has completed numerous medical facility projects nationwide, including outpatient clinics, urgent care facilities, MRI suites, dialysis centers, emergency room expansions, and research labs. For more information visit www.MedBuild.com
Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace), based in Berwyn, PA, is a leading provider of modular building, storage and services for temporary or permanent space needs. Building on nearly forty years of experience, ModSpace serves a diverse set of customers and markets - such as construction, commercial, education, industrial, healthcare, and government - through an extensive nationwide branch network throughout the United States and Canada. Offering a full range of site solutions and service options from furniture and steps to storage and wireless security, ModSpace provides everything needed for accessibility, protection, comfort and productivity in a modular unit. Additionally, MedBuild, a division of Modular Space Corporation, provides state-of-the-art medical facilities to the healthcare industry with complete turnkey capabilities. For more information, visit www.modspace.com
-- Exterior shot of VA St. John Outpatient Clinic - http://www.gregoryfca.com/mcd/VAReserveExterior.jpg
-- Interior shot #1 of VA St. John Outpatient Clinic - http://www.gregoryfca.com/mcd/VAReserveRibbonCutting.jpg
-- Interior shot #2 of VA St. John Outpatient Clinic - http://www.gregoryfca.com/mcd/VAReserveInterior2.jpg
-- Shot from VA St. John Outpatient Clinic Ribbon-Cutting - http://www.gregoryfca.com/mcd/vareservegrandopening.jpg Caption: Pictured here are veterans at the groundbreaking, who were asked to join in the official ceremony, including Brian Melancon, Director of Sales of MedBuild's South Central Region and a Veteran of the Gulf War (pictured far right).
More details, including a photo slideshow: http://www.modspace.com/projects/va_reserve.html