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Brunswick Vet Clinic lease signed, starts in August

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The lease has been signed for a new Veterans Administration clinic in Brunswick County. Rep. Mike McIntyre says the VA will take possession of the site June 1. He says operations are scheduled to begin the first week of August.

"This new clinic will provide valuable services to the veterans population and honor their commitment and service to our nation," McIntyre said. "I am thrilled to be able to help our veterans right here at home. I am very thankful to the VA, Brunswick County VA Service Officer Anita Hartsell, the Brunswick County Veterans Council and all the veterans who have worked with us to make this dream a reality."

The clinic will be located at 20 Medical Center Drive, Unit 106, Brunswick Medical Center in Supply.

In early July, the VA will identify and send letters to patients who live near the clinic. The clinic will see patients four days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and services provided will be done in three phases.

Phase 1 will consists of a clinic team with provider will include RN, LPN and PSA. Video teleconferencing mental health services will be available.

Phase 2 will provide specialty services one day a week and will most likely include an infectious disease clinic, (once a month) minor procedure clinic (once a month initially), spinal cord injuries (once a month) and women’s health (once a month initially).

Phase 3 will start the recruitment for a second team once 1,000 to 1,100 patients have been enrolled in the first clinical team.

Transportation to and from the clinic will be provided by the VA and will consists of three vans with a VA logo on them. They will serve Wilmington and Fayetteville with two runs per day to Wilmington.

"We are extremely pleased that the Brunswick County Outreach Clinic is one step closer to reality," Elizabeth Goolsby, Director of Fayetteville Medical Center said. "This new facility will greatly increase access to high quality health care for veterans in the area."

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