Jacksonville, Florida will be the site of a brand new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic in 2012. At a cost of $35 million, the new 135,000 square-foot clinic will be built near the Shands, Jacksonville Medical Center. The new clinic is designed to serve as an expansion to the already existing VA Medical Center in order to help with a substantially growing veteran population. Among many other services, the clinic will offer:
- Primary Care;
- Radiology services;
- Cardiology services;
- Inpatient cataract surgery abilities;
- Mental health services;
- Dental services;
- Rehabilitation services; and
- Extended medical services for females.
The Jacksonville Medical Center has made 3 expansions into 3 new campuses since 2003. Now the clinic is too big for those campuses and is once again forced to expand. This newest extension is going to replace 2 of the older satellite campuses, leaving the clinic at Southpoint Drive as the only Jacksonville VA outpost clinic.
Over the last couple of years, the amount of patients being served by the Jacksonville VA has grown 10-12% every year. Almost 1000 veterans a day visit the Jacksonville VA, which resulted in the treatment of approximately 27,000 veterans over the last year. The reason for the growth is due to:
- Aging Vietnam veterans;
- An influx of veterans to the greater Jacksonville area;
- The ongoing wars resulting in more veterans requiring care; and
- Veterans losing employee insurance benefits.
The new clinic will cover 10 acres and after it is built, will be rented to the VA. The land itself will be leased to the VA once the project is completed. The almost 150,000 veterans can expect to see more veterans join their ranks, and this clinic will serve these swelling ranks.
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