New VA Clinic Dedicated
Dozens of military veterans, public officials, community members and Skagit Valley Hospital leaders gathered on July 2, 2009 for the official dedication of the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System’s new Mount Vernon Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
The 16,700 square foot clinic occupies the second floor and part of the third floor of the Mount Vernon Medical Building, located on the Skagit Valley Hospital campus.
“This is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Stan Johnson, Director of VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Since opening a temporary location, first in a trailer in Mount Vernon and later in clinic space in Sedro-Woolley, the VA staff in Skagit County has handled more than 9,000 visits by 2,200 patients seeking primary and mental health care. The new clinic will provide service to a total of 6,500 patients and will ultimately offer dental care, optical and audiology services.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rick Larsen were honored guests at the dedication and noted for their steadfast support of veterans issues and tenacious work to gain funding for the new clinic.
“Today, northwest Washington veterans have a primary care facility in their own backyard that they can rely on and that is great news,” Sen. Murray said. “On the eve of our nation’s birthday, what a great thing to be doing to say thank you to our veterans.”
Rep. Larsen said the new clinic is a testament to the work of veterans groups throughout the region.
“For too long, you have had to travel too far for care,” Rep. Larsen said. “At long last we can bring health care to our veterans, closer to home.”
Veterans who are not currently enrolled in the VA system may call 1-800-329-8387, extension #76542 or visit www.va.gov.