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Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) Commission; Notice of Public Hearings

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) Commission will be holding public hearings on the impact of the CARES draft national plan in the Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISN) and Markets designated below. The hearings will be conducted at the locations, dates and times as follows:

DatesVA sitesHearing locationsMarketsVISN
August 12, 9:00 a.m.Baltimore, MDMarriott (Waterfront) Hotel, 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202All Markets5
August 12, 9:00 a.m.Cleveland, OHIntercontinental Hotel and Conference Center, Amphitheatre A and B, 9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106Eastern10
August 18, 9:00 a.m.Leavenworth, KSLeavenworth VA Medical Center Theatre, 4101 4th Street Trafficway, Leavenworth, KS 64068Central West15
August 19, 9:00 a.m.Columbus, OHFranklin County Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad Street, Auditorium, Columbus, OH 43215Central Western10
August 20, 1:00 a.m.Fort Wayne, INIndiana Wesleyan University Conference Center, 8211 Jefferson Boulevard, Ft. Wayne, IN 46804Indiana Central Illinois11
August 20, 9:00 a.m.Poplar Bluff, MOBlack River Coliseum, 301 South 5th Street, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901East15
August 22, 9:00 a.m.Detroit, MIJohn D. Dingell VA Medical Center, 4646 John R Street, Room B-1290, Detroit, MI 48201Michigan11
August 22, 9:00 a.m.Muskogee, OKMuskogee VA Medical Center Auditorium, 1011 Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee, OK 74401Upper Western16
August 25, 10:00 a.m.Bedford, MAWyndham Billerica Hotel, 270 Concord Road, Billerica, MA 01862All Markets1
August 26, 10:00 a.m.Biloxi, MSVa Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Recreation Hall Building 17, 400 Veterans Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39531Central Southern Eastern Southern16
August 27, 10:00 a.m.Pittsburgh, PAVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Highland Drive Division, 7180 Highland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15206Western4
August 27, 1:00 p.m.Shreveport, LAShreveport VA Medical Center, Education Center, 510 E. Stoner Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71101Central Lower16
August 28, 10:00 a.m.Coatesville, PAVA Medical Center, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Road, Coatesville, PA 19320Eastern4
August 28, 1:00 p.m.Atlanta, GAVA Medical Center, 1670 Clairmont Road, Pete Wheeler Auditorium, Room GA 104, Decatur, GA 30033Alabama Georgia7
September 3, 9:00 a.m.Minneapolis, MNVA Medical Center, One Veterans Drive, Building 70, Room Auditorium, 1S-126, Minneapolis, MN 55417Minnesota N. Dakota S. Dakota23
September 4, 1:00 p.m.Omaha, NEHoliday Inn Central, 3321 S. 72nd Street, Palace G, Omaha, NE 68124Nebraska Iowa23
September 8, 10:00 a.m.Charleston, SCElks Lodge 242, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29407South Carolina7
September 8, 9:00 a.m.Lexington, KYMarriott Griffin Gate Resort, Grand Ball Room, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511Northern9
September 10, 9:00 a.m.Nashville, TNNashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce Street, Hearing Room 108-109, Nashville, TN 37203Central Eastern Western9
September 10, 9:00 a.m.Orlando, FLAdam's Mark Hotel, Florida Mall, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809All Markets8
September 12, 10:00 a.m.Durham, NCDurham Marriott at the Civic Center, 201 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701All Markets6
September 15, 1:00 p.m.Lyons, NJVA New Jersey Healthcare System (Lyons Campus), Building 143—Multipurpose Room, 151 Knollcroft Road, Lyons, NJ 07939New Jersey3
September 17, 1:00 p.m.Bronx, NYVA Medical Center, Main Hospital—Room 3D-22 (3rd Floor), 130 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10468Long Island Metro New York3
September 18, 9:00 a.m.El Paso, TXEl Paso VA Health Care System, Soldiers Hall, Building 2, Fort Bliss, TX 79916New Mexico/West Texas18
September 19, 1:00 p.m.Prescott, AZNorthern Arizona VA Healthcare System, 500 Hwy 89N, Building 15 Theatre, Prescott, AZ 86313Arizona18
September 19, 1:00 p.m.Syracuse, NYMARX Hotel & Conference Center, 701 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210All Markets2
September 22, 1:00 p.m.Denver, COVA Medical Center, 1055 Clermont Street, Denver, CO 80220Western Rockies Grand Junction Eastern Rockies19
September 24, 1:00 p.m.Billings, MTHoliday Inn Grand Montana, 5500 Midland Road, Billings MT 59101Montana Wyoming Sheridan19
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September 26, 10:00 a.m.Las Vegas, NVHyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas, 101 Montelago Boulevard, Henderson, NV 89011Nevada (South Central)22
September 26, 9:00 a.m.Portland, ORVA Medical Center, Vancouver Threatre Building C-6, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661So. Cascade Inland South Alaska20
September 29, 10:00 a.m.Long Beach, CAVA Long Beach Healthcare System, 5901 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90822California (Southern)22
September 29, 9:00 a.m.Walla Walla, WAJonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA, Medical Center Theater, Building 78, 77 Wainwright Drive, Walla Walla, WA 99362W. Washington Inland North20
October 1, 10:00 a.m.Palo Alto, CAVa Palo Alto Healthcare System, Auditorium, Building 101, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304North Coast South Coast Pacific Island21
October 1, 1:00 p.m.San Antonio, TXHenry B. Gonzales Convention Center, 200 E. Street, San Antonio, TX 78205South Valley Coastal Bend17
October 2, 10:00 a.m.Sacramento, CAGarden Pavilion, Operated by LionsGate Hotel at McClellan Park, 5640 Dudley Boulevard, McClellan, CA 95652North Valley South Valley Sierra Nevada21
October 3, 1:00 p.m.Dallas, TXDallas VA Medical Center, Community Center, 4500 S. Lancaster Rd., Dallas, Texas 75216North Central17
* Veterans Integrated Service Network.

The purpose of the Commission is to conduct an external assessment of VA's capital asset needs. The Commission will consider recommendations prepared for the CARES draft national plan, and the views and concerns of veterans service organizations, individual veterans, Congress, medical school affiliates, VA employees, local government entities, community groups and others. Following its assessment, the Commission will make specific recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding the realignment and allocation of capital assets necessary to meet the demands for veterans health care.

Interested persons in the general public may observe the hearings and/or file written statements with the Commission regarding the impact of the draft national plan in the markets designated to be covered at each hearing. Written statements may be filed either before the hearing or within 7 days after the hearing. These statements may be addressed to Mr. Richard D. Larson, Executive Director, CARES Commission, (OOCARES), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20480; or faxed to (202) 501-2196; or submitted electronically to Where applicable, written statements should indicate that they are submitted regarding a specific hearing. Such statements will be given a weight equal to testimony provided at the Commission hearings. Any member of the public wishing additional information should contact Ms. Janice Sloan at the Commission, at (202) 501-2000.

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Dated: July 29, 2003.

By Direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-19759 Filed 8-1-03; 8:45 am]