NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- The groundbreaking ceremony on a new Veterans Affairs Clinic in North Charleston is set for today.
The state-of-the-art Affairs clinic is coming to the corner of Rivers avenue and Hanahan road in North Charleston. The 75,000 sq. ft. VA Outpatient Health Annex will cost roughly 10 million dollars and is scheduled to be complete in 2021. We’re told the new clinic will be able to care for roughly 25,000 veterans.
Tonya Lobbestael, Public Affairs Officer at Ralph H. Johnson V.A. Medical Centers says that the rapidly growing city has brought an influx of veterans to the area. The new clinic will bring services closer to where the majority of veterans are living– saving them a trip downtown to the main hospital. She adds, “An awful lot of veterans live in Summerville, North Charleston, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner—and so it was important to get the care out closer to them”.
If you’re a Downtown patient, dont’t worry. The Ralph H. Johnson V.A. Hospital in Downtown, Charleston is not going anywhere however, the primary care teams will be moving from the main hospital and the V.A. clinic at Trident Hospital over to the new V.A. health annex.
Lobbestael says, “We are going to be able to have a total of 24 primary care teams, which means, each team is comprised of doctors, nurses, and the administrative support personal— so its really going to be a bonus for the veterans in the community”. A woman’s health area, dental care, and mental health care are just a few of the many services that the clinic will offer to veterans.
The groundbreaking ceremony stars at 10 a.m. and the public is encouraged to attend the free event. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Congressman Joe Cunningham, and Mayor Keith Summey will be in attendance.