By Tamas Mondovics
It has been nearly a year since official word surfaced of officials eyeing Mountain City for a new VA medical center location.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to provide the much deserved medical services to the Veterans in the Mountain City area, and we’re appreciative of your support in achieving that goal,” said James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Facilities Management Service Chief, Kevin R. Milliken in an earlier interview.
After a yearlong search for a parcel to build a new, or renovate an existing building, the wait is over.
In a press release to The Tomahawk last week, representatives of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center confirmed and announced its plans to expand access to care for Veterans in the Mountain City area when it opens a new VA outpatient clinic, just north of the city.
The 5,600 square-foot clinic, will be located on Cold Springs Road and will cost approximately $1.4 million once renovations are complete.
“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,” said Dr. Colleen Noe, JHQVAMC Associate Director.
Officials said that the clinic will offer primary care and mental health services, in addition to some specialty care via telehealth. It is scheduled to open in March 2020.
Noe thanked local officials for their support when he added, “The city has been great to work with during this process. We look forward to joining the community and having the opportunity to care for Veterans in this area.”
While the new facility means better care for local veterans, it also brings a number of new jobs and job
opportunities for local residents.
According to VA public relations officer Kristen Schabert, hiring for the new clinic “has actually started, and will continue through the coming months as things are finalized.”
All of the jobs will be posted www.USAJobs.gov.