NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)— A new state-of-the-art Veteran Affairs clinic is coming to the Lowcountry in 2021— with construction breaking ground this Friday.
The empty construction site at the corner of Rivers avenue and Hanahan road in North Charleston, may not look like much now, but by 2021 a 75,000 sq. ft. VA Outpatient Health Annex will occupy the block.
Located at 6450 Rivers Ave, the new facility will provide primary care services to veterans in the Lowcountry.
Tonya Lobbestael, Public Affairs Officer at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Centers says, “We will be able to take care of 20,000-25,000, roughly, veterans here at this site of care.”
She 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.
Lobbestael says, “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.”
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital in Downtown, Charleston is not going anywhere, it will remain open. However, the primary care teams will be moving from the main hospital and the VA clinic at Trident Hospital over to the new VA 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 women’s health area, dental care, and mental health care are just a few of the many services that the clinic will offer to veterans.
Lobbestael says, “All designed to make it more convenient for the veterans. We want them to have all the care they need in one space.”
The project will cost about $10 million dollars.
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 3rd at 10 a.m. at the site for the new Charleston VA Outpatient Health Annex located at 6450 Rivers Ave. It is open to the public and free to attend.