STVHCS breaks ground on NW Health Care Center - South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
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STVHCS breaks ground on NW Health Care Center

A group of several officials standing with shovels as part of a groundbreaking ceremony

(From left) Harvey Hall III,PE, CCM, Senior Resident Engineer, Robert Worley, Executive Director for the Veterans Benefits Administration, Jeffrey Milligan, Network Director, VISN 17, VA Hearth of Texas Health Care System, Christopher R. Sandles, Medical Center Director/CEO, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Honorable Jose Menendez, State Senator for District 26 and Ms. Lisa J. Simoneau, Associate Director, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, officially break ground with ceremonial shovels.

By Nenette Madla
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

On July 12, over 100 people attended the groundbreaking for the new San Antonio Northwest Health Care Center. The new facility, part of South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), is slated to open in 2021 to meet the healthcare needs of local veterans. Medical Center Director/CEO Christopher R. Sandles, VISN 17 Network Director Jeffery Milligan and Texas State Senator Jose Menendez provided remarks during the ceremony. Representatives from the offices of Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Rep. Henry Cuellar, Rep. Will Hurd and Rep. Vicente Gonzalez were also in attendance.

By building this new facility, STVHCS will consolidate existing services from multiple clinic locations into a centralized delivery of coordinated health care in a single location.

The new clinic will include a 190,800 square-foot facility with over 1,500 parking spaces.  The project will bring together primary care, mental health, ophthalmology, dental, pharmacy, prosthetics, laboratory, canteen, imaging services and Veterans Benefits Administration representatives all under one roof to provide one-stop service for over 100,000 veterans. In addition to improving access to primary and mental health care, the clinic will feature enhanced security measures while incorporating numerous green initiatives.

Following the groundbreaking, Sandles was interviewed by local television affiliates ABC and CBS resulting in a video story on ABC affiliate KSAT. (


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