Location for New VA Hospital Debated

Government officials are awaiting the results of a feasibility study on potential sites for a new Veterans Affairs Hospital in Louisville

The feasibility study will look into three options for the facility: replace the existing hospital on Zorn Avenue, build an new hospital downtown, or build an in-patient facility downtown and an out-patient facility on Zorn.

University of Louisville Vice-President for Health Affairs Dr. Larry Cook says it’s most important for the facility to be near the downtown medical center.

“This is the place where limbs are reattached, where artificial hearts are placed, where vaccines are created to prevent cancer and where drugs are developed to cure cancer,” says Cook.

But opponents to the downtown location say the site is too busy and confusing for veterans who will be visiting the hospital from other cities.

The VA Hospital was the topic of discussion at Wednesday’s Louisville Forum.