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Col. Forbes. It used to be a military post.
Col. PATTERSON. I have a list of 15 projects, as follows: $60,000 for repairs, to make it habitable, for the Public Health Hospital at Alexandria, La.; that will provide no additional beds, but it simply makes the present facilities usable; $300,000 at Lake City, Fla., providing 100 additional beds for tuberculosis patients; $600,000 at Prescott, Ariz.
Mr. Sisson (interposing). That cost at Lake City, Fla., is $3,000
Col. PATTERSON. Yes, sir; the price varies from three to five thousand dollars, according to where you are building and the class of cases you have to take care of. At Augusta, Ga., $814,000 for 300 neuropsychiatric beds; at Fort Bayard, N. Mex., $850,000 to provide 250 additional beds for tuberculosis patients, and the remainder of the expense there is to make the place habitable, because it has not been touched since the Army turned it over; at Oteen, N. C., $748,000 to provide 200 additional beds for tuberculosis patients; at Perryville, Md., $500,000, to provide 300 additional beds for neuropsychiatric patients; at Milwaukee, Wis., for the National Soldiers Home, $1,400,000, to provide 500 additional beds for tuberculosis patients; at the National Soldiers Home, Dayton, Ohio, $750,000, to provide 250 additional beds for tuberculosis patients; at the National Soldiers Home at Marion, Ind., $100,000, providing 50 additional beds for neuropsychiatric patients, at Fort Walla Walla, Wash., $495,000, to provide 150 additional beds for tuberculosis patients; at Fort Logan H. Root, Little Rock, Ark., $250,000, to provide 300 beds for neuropsychiatric patients; at Fort McKenzie, Wyo., $102,000, to provide for 242 neuropsychiatric patients; at the sanitarium at Rutland, Mass., $740,000, to provide 300 additional beds for tuberculosis patients; and at the Roman Catholic Orphanage in New York City, $2,750,000, to purchase the property and with further expenditures to provide 1,000 beds for neuropsychiatric patients.
The CHAIRMAN. When is it likely that this work will be completed?
Col. FORBES. I have a report from the Secretary of the Treasury that has just come in.
Mr. SISSON. Are all of these Government-owned institutions now?
Col. PATTERSON. Yes, sir. Wherever we can have it so, they are on land that will not cost anything. We have a new progress report on this construction, and I will insert it in the record at this point.
(The report referred to is as follows :)
Nearly completed. Ready in few days to advertise for bids. April, 1922.
Amount allotted to each proj
Date of each allotment.
United States Public Health Service
No. 27, Alexandria, La
June 15, 1921
No. 63, Lake City, Fla.
300,000 : May 3, 1921
850,000 May 28, 1921
No. 55, Fort Bayard, N. Mex
No. 42, Perryville, Md.
No. 2, Fort Walla Walla, Wash..
North East Sanatorium, Rutland,
1,100,000 June 27, 1921
}May 28, 1921
740,000 June 27, 1921 |
Roman Catholic orphanage, New York
2,750,000 Sept. 30, 1921
Ad litional allotments are contemplated on certain projects after further study.
Col. Forbes. Mr. Sisson asked you if these institutions, as statement of which you have just put in the record, were all Government owned, and you said "yes.”
Col. PATTERSON. I said that they are all on Government-owned land at the present time.
The CHAIRMAN. That accounts for $11,000,000. What is the other $7,600,000 to be used for?
Col. PATTERSON. Additional allotments are contemplated on certain projects and all but about $900,000 of the $18,600,000 have been allocated. They will have to use about a half a million dollars of that to place the Catholic orphanage in New York in shape; $2,750,000 was what we paid for the property outright. That tract consists of 31 acres and buildings.
The CHAIRMAN. That is owned by the Government?
Col. PATTERSON. No, sir; that is the Roman Catholic orphanage in New York. It has been bought by us now, but it will cost about $500,000 or $600.000 to put it in shape to receive neuropsychiatrie patients. There is one other thing that does not appear here, and that is the hospital at Tuskegee, Åla., for 250 tuberculosis patients and 250 neuropsychiatric patients. That is for the use of Negroes, and it is the ultimate object to raise the capacity of that institution to 1,000 beds. That is exclusively for Negro veterans.
The CHAIRMAN. How much will that cost?
Col. PATTERSON. Yes, sir. We will need to make adequate provisions for our beneficiaries. We will build that hospital slowly as we get the money, but we will have to do something. Nothing has been done for the Negroes suffering from those two classes of disability in the South.
Col. FORBES. That is, nothing has been done for them as a class.
Col. PATTERSON. They are taken care of, but they have no institution of their own at the present time.
NUMBER OF NEUROPSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS.
Mr. KELLEY. What is the total number of neuropsychiatric patients ?
Col. FORBES. About 9,000.
Col. PATTERSON. The total number of neuropsychiatric patients was 8,173 on October 27, 1921.
Mr. KELLEY. Have you made any estimate of the balance that will come in?
Col. PATTERSON. Yes, sir; we believe that we will have between 9,500 and 10,000 of them as a result of the Sweet bill.
NUMBER OF TUBERCULOSIS PATIENTS.
Mr. KELLEY. How many tuberculosis patients have you?
Col. PATTERSON. There are 11.971 at the present time, and we estimate that that number will reach 13.000.
Col. FORBES. Our total expenditures this year have been approximately $450,000,000, including the expenditures for vocational training
Mr. KELLEY. Up to last July?
UNEXPENDED BALANCE OF APPROPRIATION FOR MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL
The CHAIRMAN. What unexpended balance have you of the appropriation of $33,000,000?
Col. PATTERSON. In answer to a question by some one a short while ago, I will state that we have contracts with 1,524 hospitals, and we are using 854 of them. We desire to get out of them and put the patients in Government institutions.
Mr. Routsong. The unexpended balance of the appropriation of $33,000,000 is $11,500,000.
The CHAIRMAN. It might be a good thing for you to put in the record a statement of all the hospitals that you are using, showing where they are located, the number of patients in each, their classification, and showing the classes of patients for which they are being used.
Col. PATTERSON. I can give you this complete statement of the hospital facilities.
(the statement referred to is as follows :)
Hospital facilities by districts for United States Veterans' Bureau patients as of Oct. 27, 1921. [Statement showing, by districts, the location, estimated beds available, both occupied and unoccupied, and treatment atforded in Government hospitals of the U. S. Public Health
Service, Army, Navy, Soldiers' Homes and Interior Department; also the beds occupied by United States Veterans' Bureau beneficiaries in contract hospitals. Made and compiled by the United States Veterans' Bureau for administrative purposes only.]
occu- Total. Total.
ern occu- Total tract. tract. tract.
tract. ment. pied. ment. pied. ment. pied.
11 297 14
59 4 4
11 353 18
67 418 20 7
Location of Government hospitals
and branch of service.
Government beds available.
Government beds available.
United States Public Health
Sterling Junction, Mass,
67 477 24 11 227 229 53
152 223 34