Hundreds of area veterans showed up to celebrate the VA’s Gene Taylor Community Based Outpatient Clinic’s ribbon cutting today at the new facility, 1850 W. Republic Road.
The facility will allow veterans access to primary care and services not offered at some other VA clinics, such as endoscopy, sleep lab studies and dental care. The new 68,000 square foot facility is 33,000 square feet larger than the Mount Vernon facility.
The clinic will replace the facility in Mount Vernon once all services are running at the Springfield clinic. Some areas, such as the sleep study area and endoscopy, are not yet completely ready for patients.
Springfield Mayor Ken McClure spoke at the event to welcome the VA to Springfield and speak of the city’s commitment to its veterans.
“We have such a strong population of veterans here and we have great veterans’ organizations,” Mayor McClure told OI. “I’m really pleased with the Department of Veterans Affairs choosing Springfield. We’re thankful for the service Mount Vernon has done but we believe Springfield will provide excellent service. So it’s a partnership, and we’re pleased with that.”
Below are some photos of the ribbon cutting and some parts of the new facility: