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New William Beaumont Army Medical Center to open July 11

FORT BLISS, Texas -- After years of construction and several set backs, the new William Beaumont Army Medical Center campus is set to open this summer on July 11.

The hospital told ABC-7 inpatients will be moved from the current hospital - also known as the legacy hospital - to the new 1.3 million sq. ft. campus.

It cost nearly $1.4 billion to build the new WBAMC campus, originally set to open in 2017. The hospital will have 135 beds, 10 operating rooms and 30 speciality clinics. The hospital is also working to become a Level 2 trauma facility to eventually take some civilian emergency cases.

Back in March, the hospital had to push back its opening date because of several safety concerns that were brought up during staff training.

"We found some stuff that you can't find until you're actually in the hospital," said Col. Michael Oshiki, the hospital commander. "We also commissioned a number of third-party agents to come in and double check things and look at (if we were in) compliance with the life health safety, Joint Commission standards, all these things, and those outside consultants did identify some things that we had to fix."

Oshiki said those adjustments have been made and the hospital will be ready for the opening.

“I was very clear after we postponed in March that I was not going to set another date for this hospital until I had a very high degree of certainty that there would not be any more surprises like that and that sentiment is shared by all the stakeholders in this project," he said.

There's no word yet on what will be done with the current WBAMC, which still houses the El Paso Veterans Affairs office. Oshiki said the hope to have the VA move to the new campus eventually.

The opening date for the new facility comes as the legacy hospital is set to celebrate its centennial in early July.

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