Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Department of Veterans Affairs Opens New Clinic in Bradenton
April 19, 2010
The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System opened its newest location today in Bradenton with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony attended by over well 100 people showing their support for the new clinic.
Pictured Left to Right: Dr. Larry Atkinson. Teresa Kumar, Dr. Jeff Van Buskirk, Sandy Buchanan, Vern Buchanan, Wallace Hopkins, Dr. Dominique Thuriere, Kris Brow, and Andy Huffman.
The new clinic was leased by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is owned by Morgan Johnson Inc. It is significantly larger than the prior location at a total of 12,455 square feet. It will include expanded primary care services and mental healthcare, laboratory specimen collection, social work services, a pharmacist for medication consultation, and a part time Operation Enduing/Iraqi Freedom Case Manager. The clinic was designed to provide gender specific care for our female veterans, which includes larger rooms, better layout for privacy, and adjacent restrooms.
Later this summer, Eye Care, Dental, and basic Radiology Services (x-ray and ultrasound) will be added to the clinic.
The new clinic opened for business and began seeing patients on April 13th but celebrated the opening with today’s ceremony.
Congressman Vern Buchanan, representing Florida’s 13th Congressional District, spoke at the ceremony, "This new, consolidated facility will provide area veterans with expanded services to meet most of their health care needs close to home," said Buchanan. "I will continue to work as a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee to ensure our nation’s veterans get the health care benefits they have earned."
Last year, over 8,000 veterans sought care at the former Ellenton Primary Care and Bradenton Mental Health VA locations and almost 33,000 outpatient visits were conducted. These two locations have closed with the opening of the new clinic. The new location and expansion in services will allow for additional patient capacity.
Following the ceremony, guests could tour the new clinic and enjoy refreshments. Veterans wishing to receive care at the new clinic should call the VA at 1-888-820-0230.