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GRECC to open in new Denver VA Medical Center


VA's network of 19 GRECCs are where much of the agency's research on aging takes place. Here, Dr. Lenise Cummings-Vaughn (second from left) meets with prospective participants in a memory study at the St. Louis VA GRECC.
VA's network of 19 GRECCs are where much of the agency's research on aging takes place. Here, Dr. Lenise Cummings-Vaughn (second from left) meets with prospective participants in a memory study at the St. Louis VA GRECC. (Photo by Jerry Naunheim)

VA's network of 19 GRECCs are where much of the agency's research on aging takes place. Here, Dr. Lenise Cummings-Vaughn (second from left) meets with prospective participants in a memory study at the St. Louis VA GRECC. (Photo by Jerry Naunheim)

VA's first new Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) to open in more than 15 years will be part of the new Denver VA Medical Center, now under construction in Aurora, Colo.

The Denver Post and other local news outlets reported that the new GRECC will offer 6,000 square feet of lab space and 800 square feet of office space inside a 59,000-square-foot research building that will be an integral part of the new facility. According to the Post, the estimated opening date is May 2015.

GRECCs were originally developed to attract scientists and health care students to the field of geriatrics, in order to increase basic knowledge of aging, transmit this knowledge to health care providers, and improve the quality of care delivered to older Veterans. There are currently 19 GRECCs across the nation. Demographics and profiles of those GRECCS can be found here.

Like the other GRECCs, the new Denver center will have a core staff equaling 12 full-time employees. Each year, these small research units publish hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, provide thousands of hours of geriatric education, and are awarded millions of dollars in research grants. More importantly, they provide care to the aging Veteran population while also training many of the health care professionals who will continue to provide that care for years to come.


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