Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic Opens for Patient Care on March 21

January 19, 2011

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place Friday, March 18, 10 a.m.

HOUSTON - The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) will reopen a VA outpatient clinic in Texas City on Monday, March 21, 2011.

"Opening the Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic will bring medical care closer to where our Veterans live and greatly expand VA health care access south of Houston," said Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., MEDVAMC director.

The approximately 10,000 sq. ft. clinic will be located at 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite 206, Texas City, 77591 next to the Mall of the Mainland. It will occupy space in the Mainland Crossing Shopping Center next to Sam’s Club, the University of Texas Medical Branch Family Healthcare Center, and other retail establishments.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and all Veterans are invited to attend. Tours of the clinic will be available after the ceremony.

"An outpatient clinic in Texas City is great news for Veterans living in not only Galveston County, but also nearby Brazoria County," said Frank Furleigh, Galveston County Veterans Service Officer. "It will dramatically cut the drive times Veterans face going to see a primary care provider in Houston and take some of the pressure off the Galveston VA Outpatient Clinic."

The clinic with 12 exam rooms will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The VA-staffed facility will provide primary health care, mental health care, and a women’s clinic in addition to laboratory, X-ray, telemedicine, teleretinal imaging, and audiology services. Emergency medication needs will be met on a local contract basis.

Veterans who wish to transfer their primary health care to the new Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic may call 409-761-3200.

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Awarded re-designation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2008, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 120,000 veterans in southeast Texas. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, nuclear medicine, ophthalmology, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. The MEDVAMC is home to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; Network Polytrauma Center; an award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; Liver Transplant Center; VA Epilepsy and Cancer Centers of Excellence; VA Substance Abuse Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence; VA Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; and one of the VA’s six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Lufkin, and Richmond, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged more than one million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2010. For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit www.houston.va.gov