Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Snip of the ribbon makes it official

The long-awaited opening of the Department of Veterns Affairs clinic in Bradenton was last week. This week, with a snip of the ribbon, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan made it official.

Local veterans have long looked forward to the opening of the new clinic. Many of them had been on a waiting list because the old clinic in Ellenton was maxed out.

Starting in May, there will be an additional doctor at the clinic and the VA can start whittling away at the size of the waiting list.

More good news includes expanded primary care services and mental health care in one location. The Ellenton clinic and the Bradenton Mental Health VA facility have been closed.

The new clinic also provides gender specific care for female veterans.

Coming this summer, eye care, dental and basic radiology will be added to clinic offerings.

Veterans can call the VA at 1-888-820-0230 to inquire about receiving care at Bradenton-based Outpatient Clinic, 5520 S. R. 64 East.


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