By Tamas Mondovics
James H. Quillen VA Medical Center (JHQVAMC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month to celebrate and officially recognize its Mountain City VA clinic.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was long overdue as the clinic has been open since August 2020, but due to COVID-19 precautions, the ceremony was delayed.
Dean B. Borsos, JHQVAMC director, thanked VA staff and guests, including Johnson County Mayor Mike Taylor and Mountain City Mayor Jerry Jordan, for attending and supporting the event.
“Thank you for gathering today as we celebrate our newest community-based outpatient clinic,” said Director Borsos. “The COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing in August 2020 when we first opened the doors to this clinic. Out of precaution, we chose to delay this and other ceremonies to avoid unnecessary risks.”
The Mountain City VA Clinic offers care to Veterans throughout the region, including parts of East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina.
“We are excited to finally recognize this newer clinic and our ability to provide access to high-quality VA care closer to home for Veterans in the Mountain City area,” said Director Borsos. “The safety of Veterans and staff continues to be our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our privilege and honor to care for our Veterans, America’s heroes, and we are pleased this clinic has brought VA clinical services to the Mountain City community.”
The 1141 Cold Springs Road property was initially bought by Barney and Dolores Hampton in 1978 and opened as the Hampton & Henson Funeral Home. Since then, it has repeatedly changed hands.
“We are looking forward to a long-lasting partnership with Johnson County and Mountain City,” said VA James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Assistant Director Coleen Noe during an earlier visit to the new clinic, which includes 5,600 square feet of clinical space and cost approximately $1.4 million to complete.
It offers primary care, dermatology, mental health services, and some specialty care via telehealth.
For more information, contact the JHQVAMC Public Affairs Officer at 423-926-1171 ext. 7126 or [email protected]