February 16, 2010
PHOTO: Fran Burke, Public Affairs Specialist
HOUSTON - The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) will open a new VA outpatient clinic in Richmond on Friday, May 14, 2010. It will be located at 22001 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200, Richmond, Tx. 77469. This is the professional building near OakBend Medical Center, close to U.S. Route 59. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. that day.
The nearly 10,000 square-foot facility will provide primary health care, mental health care, laboratory, and X-ray services to Veterans in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. Emergency medication needs will be met on a local contract basis.
Veterans interested in transferring their care to the new Richmond VA Outpatient Clinic should speak with their current VA primary health care provider during their next appointment or call the VA Network Telecare Center at 713-794-8985 or toll-free 1-800-639-5137.
The MEDVAMC also plans to open a new VA outpatient clinic in Lake Jackson this fall. Physical location information cannot be released until lease negotiations are finalized. It will be similar in size to the Richmond clinic and offer similar health care services.
The MEDVAMC also plans to reopen a VA outpatient clinic in the Galveston County mainland area in 2010. Several properties are currently being considered for lease.
New VA outpatient clinics are also planned for Katy and Tomball. They will be much larger in size than the ones in Richmond and Lake Jackson; approximately 30,000 square feet each. Because this exceeds local contracting authority, the VA Real Property Office in Washington, D.C. is handling the contracting process. These clinics are expected to open in 36 to 48 months.
All of the planned VA outpatient clinics will be staffed by VA personnel.
The MEDVAMC currently operates outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, and Lufkin. In fiscal year 2009, there were 815,695 outpatient visits at the Houston facility, 55,295 in Beaumont, 34,142 in Conroe, 18,860 in Galveston, and 45,054 in Lufkin.
Veterans, who need medical advice, appointments, or other information, are asked to call the VA Network Telecare Center Hotline at 713-794-8985 or toll-free 1-800-639-5137. Registered nurses, pharmacists, and administrative clerks are ready to answer health care questions from 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Veterans with life-threatening emergencies should immediately call 911.
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