WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8 was first to break the story that WiFi access is only available to patients in one area on the entire campus at the VA Medical Center in West Haven.
Senator Richard Blumenthal is now officially asking for federal funding to have WiFi installed in all patient rooms. The VA told News 8 similar installations have cost between $300,000 and $500,000.
Blumenthal thinks it will be cheaper, but says any amount is worth the payback it will give to veterans.
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“It is so vital to the quality of care and to the speed and effectiveness of recovery. It’s cost effective. If people recover quicker there is less cost and truly the expenses of installing this service are outweighed by the benefit,” said Blumenthal.
Blumenthal says he’s taking the fight to the head of the Veteran’s Administration after he was alerted of the lack of WiFi by a patient, Elliot Storm, who has been there for over a month and wrote a letter to the Senator asking for help.