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New Lufkin Clinic Gets Finishing Touches for Grand Opening

July 1, 2009

New Clinic Opens on August 4, 2009 with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on August 28, 2009

LUFKIN, TX - The Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic will celebrate the opening of its new home at 2206 North John Redditt Drive in Lufkin with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 9 a.m.

However, staff will move into the new facility Friday, July 31, 2009 through Monday, August 3, 2009. No health care services will be available during that time. The new clinic will open for normal business on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. The main telephone number for the new clinic is (936) 671-4300 or toll-free 1-800-209-3120.

Veterans who need medical advice may always call the VA Network Telecare Center Hotline at (713) 794-8985 or toll-free 1-800-639-5137. Registered nurses, pharmacists, and administrative clerks at the VA Network Telecare Center are ready to answer veteran health care questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Located on approximately seven acres of land on the west side of Lufkin just off Loop 287, this 37,000 square-foot facility will replace both the current Lufkin clinic located at 1301 West Frank Avenue and the Mental Health Clinic Annex at 1514 Ellis Avenue, a significant convenience for veterans and staff who frequently travel between locations.

In primary care, the new clinic has eight provider offices, eight nurse offices, 24 examination rooms, a pulmonary function laboratory, and an observation room. On the mental health side of the building, there are 15 rooms for clinical staff and three group therapy rooms. The space for the laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy departments has more than doubled in size. The new facility will also have 250 parking spaces, approximately three times that of the building at 1301 West Frank Avenue.

To assist veterans with both federal and state veteran monetary and non-monetary claims, employment, and education benefits and services, a representative from the Texas Veterans Commission will have an office near the waiting room.

Overflow parking for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be available at Keltys First Baptist Church located at 2402 North John Redditt Drive in Lufkin. A shuttle bus will transport event guests between locations. Seating will be limited so it is suggested you bring personal lawn chairs and perhaps an umbrella or hat in case of strong sun or inclement weather.

The VA outpatient clinic in Lufkin, activated in 1991, was officially renamed under Public Law 108-422 (S. 424) in honor of former U.S. Representative Charles Wilson. A renaming ceremony was held on July 7, 2005.

The Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic provides primary care, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, social work, nutrition, and mental health services to veterans in the area. In the near future, optometry services will also be offered. In fiscal year 2008, there were 43,094 outpatient visits to the clinic.

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