Vermont’s Veterans Affairs Hospital is going to get $900,000 to begin the process of upgrade its imaging center.
The planning money will be followed next year by $6 million for construction at the White River Junction facility.
Senator Patrick Leahy says the addition will help the hospital continue to provide state of the art care for veterans.
Hospital spokesman Kenneth Thibodeaux says that when the hospital was built in 1939 imaging technology was mostly confined to X-ray machines.
Plans call for the construction of a nearly 7,000-square-foot addition. In addition, the existing radiology department will be modernized.