After about a year and a half of construction, the new veterans clinic on Demetropolis Road in Mobile is about to open.
The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System will hold a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, for the new, 65,000-square-foot facility, Public Information Officer Mary Kay Gominger confirmed.
Following the ribbon-cutting, staff will begin moving into the facility, and a week later, on March 25, the clinic will host its first patients, Gominger said. Patients will continue to visit the Springhill Avenue location until Friday, March 22.
The new facility is 20,000 square feet larger than the space it has been leasing from the University of South Alabama (USA), Gominger said. The larger space will result in an expansion of service.
“We will be able to expand women’s health, with its own allocated space,” Gominger said “It was so tight in the other facility.”
While additional space means there will be more exam rooms, staffing levels will remain the same, Gominger said. “The format hasn’t changed,” she said.
Since the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, owns this facility, Gominger said, the clinic will be able to provide shuttles to and from parking as well as other common services.
“We’ll be able to run it like we do our other clinics,” she said.
Officials celebrated a groundbreaking for the facility in August 2017. The groundbreaking came less than two years after fears the VA’s rent at the USA-owned facility on Springhill Avenue could quadruple. While USA and the VA ultimately reached a new lease agreement, the VA announced plans for the new clinic a short time later.
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