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VA Imperial Valley Clinic Opens in New Location
February 18, 2017
EL CENTRO, Calif The Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) will open a Imperial Valley VA Clinic at a new location at 1115 South 4th Street, El Centro just 1.4 miles away from the current clinic on Tuesday, February 21. We are very pleased to open this new clinic as it will expand our ability to serve Veterans in Imperial Valley, said VASDHS Director Robert M. Smith, M.D.
The new location offers almost three times the clinic space with 9,728 sq. ft., with four exam rooms for primary care, 12 telehealth rooms for remote care and mental health counseling, reception and waiting room area, lab services and My HealtheVet computer access to search for medical information and refill prescriptions. With the expanded space, the clinic will have a full complement of primary care providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse care managers, a social worker, and clinical support and administrative staff.
Weve had a clinic in Imperial Valley since 1996, but this new clinic will provide a more significant presence in the community, Smith said. The VA Imperial Valley Clinic has more than 1,550 Veterans enrolled and had 5,885 patient appointments in fiscal year 2016. VA estimates there are 7,611 Veterans living in Imperial County.
The VA Imperial Valley Clinic is managed by Sterling Medical, one of the largest national providers of health care, counseling and administrative support to the government since 1980. Sterling Medical has provided dedicated community clinic operations on behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1997.
An open house is scheduled for Friday, March 17 from 10:30 11:30 a.m. where Veterans can see the new facility and meet some of the VASHDS leadership and local staff. All veterans and the community are invited to attend.
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