Vermont, CO (November 25, 2018) – With a $7 million infusion from the Trump Administration to help fight the opioid crisis, the City of Vermont is adding another option for its citizens to access health care.
The state-of-the-art facility, located in the heart of the city, will become the third state-run hospital in the U.S. to provide opioid-related care.
The Vermont Health Care Facility will also provide acute care and trauma care, as well as the first emergency care provider for veterans.
The facility will be the only one of its kind in the state, with an estimated 25,000 beds and a capacity of nearly 1,500.
The city is offering $5 million in grants to help fund construction of the facility.
The money will be used for construction of a hospital pavilion, a new outpatient center, and a new facility for emergency department patients.
“This is a great day for Vermont and for the people of Vermonters health care system,” Mayor Scott Brink said in a statement.
“We’ve got a fantastic team at the hospital who have been working diligently to provide high quality care to our citizens.
Our hospitals and emergency departments are doing an incredible job and we look forward to welcoming all of our patients.”
In addition to the new facility, the city has expanded the city’s Medicaid program to cover the entire population of Vermo.
This includes the city of the first major metropolitan area in the nation to offer Medicaid.
“Our commitment to Medicaid expansion is critical to Vermont’s continued growth and success in helping people make ends meet,” Mayor Brink added.
“This is an exciting time for Vermonter health care and we are proud to be a part of it.”
The Vermonte City Council also approved $2 million in additional funding for the facility, which will include $3.5 million for construction and $4.5 for the project.
The additional funds will go toward adding emergency department beds and increasing the number of emergency department visits.
City Council President Matt Wilsch said in the statement that the funds will also help fund the construction of additional emergency room beds and the expansion of the Vermont Community Center.