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New Lee County VA Healthcare Center to open in December

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Inside a new operating room at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center

Inside a new operating room at the Lee County VA Healthcare Center

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bay Pines, FL – Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) officials announced today that the new Lee County VA Healthcare Center in Cape Coral, Fla. will open its doors to Veterans in mid December.

Located at 2489 Diplomat Parkway East in Cape Coral, Fla., the new 220,000 square foot facility is in its final stages of activation preparation as VA employees and contractors continue installing medical equipment and furniture.

In addition to equipment and furniture installations, employees are also beginning to tour work areas on a weekly basis to familiarize themselves with the building. Soon, staff will also begin training on new equipment as they work to transition health care operations from Fort Myers. 

While there is official date set for the facility’s grand opening, members of the Bay Pines VAHCS leadership team are excited about the facility’s progress and the opportunity to deliver a gift to Veterans, families and staff during the holiday season.

“This is truly an exciting time for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and for the Veterans and families we serve in southwest Florida,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director Bay Pines VAHCS.

“The new Lee County facility will greatly expand our ability to provide primary and specialty health care services to our nation’s heroes and it’s wonderful that we will be able to open during time of celebration and giving,” she said.

When the healthcare center opens, it will replace the current Fort Myers VA Outpatient Clinic. Despite being more than three times larger than the Fort Myers location, the new facility is a very large outpatient care center – not a hospital. There will be no hospital beds or overnight stays when the facility opens later this year.

Services currently offered at Fort Myers clinic that will be expanded at the new outpatient center include: primary care, mental health, audiology, cardiology, compensation and pension exams, Coumadin clinic, dermatology, eye care, gastroenterology and endoscopic procedures, home and community care, x-ray, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, neurology, nuclear imaging, nutrition counseling, orthopedics, pharmacy consultation and medication pick up, podiatry, prosthetics, rheumatology, tobacco cessation, Telehealth, telephone call center, social work, spinal cord injury, urology, dental, women’s care, and phlebotomy.

The Fort Myers VA Outpatient Clinic employs about 330 staff. Bay Pines VAHCS officials expect to hire an additional 70 employees at the new healthcare center in Cape Coral. Individuals interested in open clinical and administrative positions are encouraged to apply online at www.usajobs.gov.

To learn more about the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and the new Lee County VA Healthcare Center, please visit www.baypines.va.gov. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines.