For Immediate Release


Sue Walitsky (Cardin) 202-224-4524

Matt Jorgenson (Mikulski) 202-228-1122

Rosalia Scalia (Baltimore VA) 410-605-7464

June 20, 2014



Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes to Visit Baltimore VA

Medical Center


Team Maryland to Participate in Briefing on How Maryland’s Veterans will Receive More Timely Access to Health

Care Services

Monday, June 23 at 9:00AM, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.), along with Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Ed Chow, will tour the Baltimore VA Medical Center, part of the VA Maryland Health Care System, greet patients and participate in a briefing on the results of the recent audit of the VA health care system. Senators Cardin and Mikulski and all of Team Maryland are committed to making sure that Maryland’s veterans receive the quality health care services and benefits they have earned and the support they were promised.

During their visit, the Senators and Congressmen will hear directly from leadership of the VA Capitol Health Care Network and VA Maryland Health Care System about how the Baltimore VA Medical Center is responding to the audit findings. Media are invited to join the briefing and a tour of the Baltimore VA Medical Center’s new Radiation Oncology Unit. The Senators and Congressmen will be available for Q&A with media following the briefing.

            Who:               Senator Ben Cardin

                                    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

                                    Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger

Congressman John Sarbanes

                                    Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Ed Chow

What:             Tour, Briefing and Media Availability at Baltimore VA Medical Center

When:                        Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:00AM

                        *** Media are requested to arrive between 8:45AM-9:00AM

Where:           Baltimore VA Medical Center

10 North Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Baltimore VA Medical Center is the acute medical and surgical care facility for the VA Maryland Health Care System and offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient and primary care services.

Earlier this month, Senators Cardin and Mikulski voted to pass the Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, legislation to address patient wait times at hospitals and improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill would give veterans access to private doctors, community health centers, Department of Defense medical facilities and facilities funded by the Indian Health Service. It would allow veterans living more than 40 miles from a VA hospital or clinic to access more convenient private care. The bill also would provide for the hiring of new medical personnel in an expedited manner at hospitals and clinics that lack enough doctors, nurses and other medical staff to provide quality care in a timely manner and ensures dedicated funding is available to hire health care professionals.


Sen. Benjamin Cardin