Paralyzed Veterans of America celebrates the opening of new VA SCI/D Center in Denver area

Post Date:April 03, 2019

Media Contact: Liz Deakin LizD@pva.org, 202-416-7627

WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2019) — Paralyzed Veterans of America will join the leadership of the Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System and officials from VA and VHA on April 8th for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Center at Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC. This state-of-the-art, 30-bed inpatient facility includes a team of clinicians who provide specialized, patient- and family-centered care that meets life-long goals for veterans with spinal cord injury, disorders and MS and ALS.

Since its founding, PVA has advocated for treatments and a cure for spinal cord injury on behalf of veterans living with SCI/D and MS and ALS across the nation. The new SCI/D Center is a vital facility for the large veteran population that inhabit Colorado, where more than 400,000 veterans live. In Colorado Springs, located near Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC, an average of 12 percent of the population are veterans.  

“The opening of this new Spinal Cord Injury Center is long overdue. Our dedicated medical services and architecture teams worked tirelessly with the VA to ensure this facility was built,” said Carl Blake, U.S. Army veteran and executive director of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “The opening of the new SCI/D Center will allow veterans with spinal cord injuries and related diseases like MS and ALS to get the specialized care they need without having to travel hundreds of miles. We are grateful to celebrate the launch of this important facility with PVA staff, leadership of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, VA and VHA officials, and those who work at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center.”

The following individuals will deliver remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony:

  • Carl Blake, executive director of Paralyzed Veterans of America

  • Aaron Reed, president of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mountain States Chapter

  • Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, director of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, located at 1700 N. Wheeling St. Aurora, CO 80045 at 9 a.m. MDT.

NOTE TO MEDIA: PVA’s leadership and staff members, including those from the PVA Mountain States Chapter, will be available for media interviews at the ribbon cutting ceremony. To arrange an interview, please email LizD@pva.org or call 703-677-1011.