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New Emergency Department Opens at Des Moines VA Hospital

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The VA of Central Iowa opened its latest addition on Thursday.

Leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new emergency department at the hospital on Des Moines’ north side. The department adds eight treatment rooms to the facility and includes cardiac monitoring equipment.

There's also an acute mental health observation room officials say will allow doctors to immediately help veterans in crisis.

The Director of VA of Central Iowa Health says the new ER is just one of many efforts underway to improve the care of veterans.

"We have a lot of things in the works, we are building a new facility in Knoxville, we're remodeling parts of the federal building so that can be co-located with veteran benefits so we can do compensation and pension exams for a one-stop shop for veterans," said Gail Graham. "We are always looking for ways to improve the services and facilities and making them more accessible to veterans. We are not resting on our laurels here we are constantly looking for ways to improve."

Graham also says the new emergency room is also set up to for doctors and nurses to move around and work more easily.

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