Mesothelioma is a dangerous form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Fortunately, part of the 2010 Federal budget will include $299 Million, some of which will be directed to the removal of Asbestos at San Juan's Veterans' Hospital.
Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico in the United States Congress, Pedro Pierluis, issued a press release on May 10th, 2009 announcing the funds.
Another deadly issue that will be addressed with the funds is "lack of parking". They will be constructing a new parking structure. After an experience at the Advanced Cardiology Center in Mayaguez, I'm convinced that it is very possible to die in your car while trying to find emergency parking, mesothelioma, heart attack, or otherwise.
Funding will also include a new administration building, expansion of the outpatient clinics, demolition of Tower 1 (fails to meet Seismic standards).
Project is scheduled for completion by August 2012. This is great news for the 468,000 outpatients receiving treatment their annually, as well as 68,000 visitors for mental health services. The hospital will also receive $8 MILLION from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).