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Jesse Brown Merger

CARES welcomes the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center as its newest site served within VISN12 facilities, joining the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and the William Middleton Memorial VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

The West Side Institute for Science and Education (WISE) has served the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center for nearly forty years.  In recent years CARES and WISE have found themselves managing the same projects at each site and in one case, subcontracting with each other. 

After numerous discussions with colleagues across the country and in consultation with the Board of Directors of both CARES and WISE, we saw how  a merger would provide general economies of scale and the combined knowledge and expertise of the respective staff would strengthen the ability to serve the VA research and education enterprises at Hines and Jesse Brown.  Approval for the merger was obtained from the VA Non-Profit Oversight Board (NPOB) and actions are now being taken to fully integrate no later than September 30, 2020, which is the close of the federal fiscal year. 

Some merger actions have already begun.  For all newly initiated research proposal submissions where Jesse Brown VA (JBVA) is the performance site, CARES will serve as the institution of record and all new personnel hired to work on NPC projects at JBVA will be hired through CARES. 

Additional activities will be ongoing and as new information becomes available the FAQs document will be updated. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact CARES CEO, Cindy Reutzel, cindy.reutzel@va.gov, 708-343-6379 or Kevin Hull, WISE Executive Director kevin.hull@va.gov, 312-569-7765.