On Monday, February 26, 2007 at 1 p.m., the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center will hold a special ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening its new Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Conroe, Texas. U.S. Representative Kevin Brady will be the keynote speaker at the event.
The Conroe CBOC is located at 800 Riverwood Court near the Conroe Regional Medical Center, just off Loop 336 and Interstate 45. This clinic will provide primary care and mental health services for veterans in the area and will greatly expand the VA’s capacity for outpatient care north of Houston.
"Our goal is to improve access to health care and this new clinic in Conroe will greatly expand the VA’s capacity for outpatient care in southeast Texas. With this new clinic, veterans living north of Houston will now be able to obtain health care closer to where they live," said Edgar L. Tucker, MEDVAMC director. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates more than 44,000 veterans live in Montgomery and surrounding counties.
In May 2004, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced the details of a comprehensive plan to modernize the VA health care system. The plan included new hospitals in Orlando and Las Vegas, 156 new CBOCs, four new spinal cord injury centers, two blind rehabilitation centers, and expanded mental health outpatient services.
In the Houston area, the plan included new CBOCs in the vicinities of Galveston and Conroe. On March 4, 2005, the MEDVAMC held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of a new CBOC on 6115 Avenue L in Galveston. Another new CBOC, located at 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway (Mainland Mall Shopping Center) in Texas City, opened on April 4, 2005.