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New VA Clinic on track for March opening

VA James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Chief Engineer Kevin Milliken, left, is joined by VA Assistant Director, Coleen Noe, for a photo during a recent visit to the newly renovated outpatient clinic, on Cold Springs Road just north of Mountain City. The new facility is slated to receive patients in March, 2020. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

By Tamas Mondovics
Editor

The year has ended on a good note for area residents who are looking forward to receiving medical services under the supervision of James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.VA officials have confirmed the early-March 2020 opening of the long-anticipated $1.4 million clinic, as renovation on the 5,600 square-feet, building on Cold Springs Road just north of Mountain City, is reaching a conclusion.This has been one of the smoothest projects,” said VA James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Assistant Director Coleen Noe during a recent visit to the facility accompanied by project manager Rick White.

While most of the renovation did begin on the building in September 2019, is nearly complete officials are now waiting for the arrival of medical equipment, furniture, as well as the final touches on some landscaping that befit the organization.The new clinic will house and provide three main services, including the offering of primary care and mental health services, in addition
to some specialty care by means of a 24/7 telehealth service.

“We are excited about the new clinic and the opportunity to offer high-quality VA care closer to home for Veterans in the Mountain City area,” Noe said.

The clinic also brings several new jobs and job opportunities for local residents, especially since it is already entertaining a possible expansion due to the facility’s location, high number of calls for a VA clinic in the area, and anticipated growth and business.

“We are currently looking at a 10-member staff, which will likely grow to 15,” Noe said.

Pleased with the progress and being on schedule for the upcoming opening this spring, Noe has once again thanked local officials for their support, adding that the VA is looking forward to joining the community and having the opportunity to care for Veterans in this area.

“We are looking forward to a long-lasting partnership with Johnson County and Mountain City,” Noe said while promising to host
grand opening ceremony as well, keeping the community up to par with upcoming events.

All of the jobs will be posted on www.USAJobs.gov.