MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The government is working to bring medical care closer to veterans on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
It could mean a new outpatient facility will soon be coming to Mobile.
When Infirmary West closed in November 2012, long time volunteer Maxine Stauffer was more than disappointed.
"I was devastated, we all were," Stauffer said.
Stauffer held on to hope that the facility would one day reopen as a veterans hospital. She even wrote the VA and other agencies about her idea.
"Why can't they use this? Instead of going to the expense of and trouble of building another one which would take maybe years, this is ready to go," she said.
Someone from the VA called her back. That's when Stauffer learned the VA was already looking for a site for a VA facility in Mobile, but, according to the information released by the VA, the vacant hospital may not be what the government is looking for.
The hospital's four buildings covers more than 300,000 square feet. That's a lot more than the 65,000 the VA said it needs.
The VA specifications for an existing building also call for no more than two floors.
Stauffer still thinks the hospital is a perfect match for the VA, and she's not giving up. She's started a petition drive she hopes will at least put the hospital on the governments radar.
"So, if we can just get the people in Washington together with the people over at USA who own the hospital, if they would just come and check it out, maybe with a few modifications to meet their specifications, I think it would work," Stauffer said.
There is another challenge for Mrs. Stauffer's effort. The University of South Alabama has put the hospital up for sale. However, the VA has indicated it's looking for a facility or land to lease or rent.
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