United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

New Lee County VA Healthcare Center to Open December 17

September 24, 2012

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Lee County Healthcare Center sign in front of facility with palm trees in the backgroundBay Pines, FL – Bay Pines VA Healthcare System officials announced today that the new Lee County VA Healthcare Center in Cape Coral, Fla. will open its doors to Veterans on Dec. 17. A ribbon cutting ceremony is also being planned for the first week of the December;  however, an official date has not been decided.

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 and train on new equipment in the facility to familiarize themselves with the new operation. 

"This is a remarkable and exciting time for our healthcare system and for the Veterans and families we serve," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VA.

"Just a few years ago, this new facility was just a sketch on a piece of paper. Now, in just a few short months, the doors will open to our nation’s heroes," 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 currently employs about 330 staff. Bay Pines VA officials expect to hire an additional 70 employees to work 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.

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