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VA superclinic opens in Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new veterans clinic next to Wilmington International Airport opened its doors to a few veterans today.

Other VA facilities offer just primary care and mental health services. The Wilmington Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinic, also known as the superclinic, will offer more services ranging from dental and eyecare to prosthetics and diagnostics.

Administrator Fred Roche says southeastern North Carolina is one of the fastest growing areas for veterans. He says it is important to make veterans health care convenient.

"It is almost more of a one-stop-shop," Roche said. "If they need an X-ray and labs done, they can come here and get it done, whereas at our existing location, we had to make another appointment for them to go up to Fayetteville, or we would purchase that care out in the communities."

Roche says the clinic is about the says of a Super Walmart, at 100,000 square feet. More than 200 people will work at the clinic. Roche expects to see between 15,000 and 18,000 patients a year.

The clinic's grand opening will be in April.

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