Hampton VA Medical Center
Senator Tim Kaine Visits Hampton
By Daniel L. Henry, Hampton VAMC Public Affairs
Tuesday, November 3, 2015Hampton, Va. - Referring to his tour and informational brief by Hampton leadership as ‘impressive’ to local media representatives, US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia spent two hours at the hospital on Monday, August 17, learning about recent progress and new initiatives in place to meet Veteran’s needs. Kaine, joined by several of his staff members, spoke with Hampton leadership about a range of subjects including staffing, wait times, medical center processes and the differences between the recently introduced Choice program and other community care programs that the VA has been using for some time to meet Veterans needs for access. After meeting with leadership, the senator visited Prime 5 - the most recently opened clinic in the hospital; the emergency department for a discussion on expansion projects currently taking place on the spaces; and the currently under construction and expansion OR spaces on the third floor of building 110. While in the spaces, the senator was also briefed on multiple construction projects going on throughout the campus. Senator Kaine finished his visit with a media availability where he thanked the Hampton staff for it’s continued focus on the mission of meeting Veterans needs and pledged ongoing support the facility and, in particular, the potential for the approval of a 155,00 square foot health care center on the south side of Hampton Roads. According to the senator, gaining the facility is critical to meet the continuedgrowth of Veterans within the local community – and is an area where the entire Virginia congressional delegation must work together to make happen.