First look at new VA Clinic in Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Del. – In Delaware, state leaders celebrated Veterans Day by giving the community a first look at the new VA clinic in Kent County. The press conference explained how the new clinic compares to the current one and how it aims to better serve veterans in the First State.

This new VA clinic in Kent County is more than three times the size of the current one. It will add new specialty care services that veterans previously traveled much farther for.

Sen. Chris Coons says, “one of the most frequent concerns we hear is from those who are veterans in Kent county and Sussex county about just how difficult it is, just how distant it is to getting access to healthcare.”

The growing population of veterans in the Delaware community and the need for healthcare among them prompted the VA and state officials to build a new facility to cater to them.

“The technology, the square footage alone, the offerings that were going to be able to have here versus what we have over in Clayton are just phenomenal,” says Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala. This facility will be critical in providing outpatient services that veterans will have access to, including, eye care, an audiology laboratory, and physical therapy.

Sen. Tom Carper says, “the kind of care that folks will get here, would’ve put the old hospital to shame.”

Officials say the facility will serve as a one stop shop, offering other non-health related services for the thousands of veterans who live in the state. VA Medical Director, Vince Cain says, “Ensure that they have access to exceptional healthcare by caring providers who clearly recognize the value of veterans in our community.

This facility has been in works since 2018 and it cost 4 million dollars to build. The VA Clinic is planning to open anywhere between the end of December and the beginning of January. It will serve veterans from anywhere, not just those who live in Delaware.

If you’re a Veteran who would like to learn more about the services you’re entitled to, you can contact the Wilmington VA Medical Center at 302-994-2511.

 

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