The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic at Naval Support Activity Panama City is too small to function effectively. The clinic is located on base, but supports both active-duty sailors and veterans. U.S. Rep Steve Southerland (R-Panama City) visited the clinic last week and acknowledged plans for a new clinic were being made.
During Southerland’s visit, he spoke with veterans, nurses, and doctors. While he was there, the waiting rooms were filled to capacity. Acknowledging how confined the space was, he did celebrate the number of services the clinic provided to veterans.
Rep. Southerland was further impressed the quality of those provided services were not suffering despite the limited space in which to operate. Those services were not limited to just medical, but extended to dental and specialized services for female veterans.
According to Southerland, the new facility will be a welcome relief to not only the veterans currently using the cramped facilities, but to those who will be coming home. Construction is set to begin soon and will hopefully be completed by 2013. The new facility will improve upon already provided services.
With a price tag of $12 million, and 28,000 square feet, the new clinic will be open to veterans and current Navy personnel. There are more than 5,500 veterans in the Bay County area using the clinic’s services, which are provided by 45 employees. Rep. Southerland does not plan on cutting back on services provided to veterans, despite the tough fiscal times.
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