December 6, 2013
BAY PINES, FL – The Lee County VA Healthcare Center located in Cape Coral, Fla. will mark its first full year of activation on December 17. Operated by the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS), the 220,000 square foot center officially opened to Veterans on Dec. 17, 2012 following a ribbon cutting, or grand opening ceremony, held on Dec. 7 the same year. The facility replaced the VA outpatient clinic previously located in Fort Myers.
"The Lee County VA Healthcare Center has had a tremendous first year of activation," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS. "The new center has greatly expanded our ability to provide primary and specialty health care services to the men and women we have the privilege to serve in southwest Florida."
Since activation, the large multi-specialty outpatient facility has treated about 35,000 Veterans and completed nearly 255,000 medical appointments – a five percent workload increase from 2012. In addition, more than 1,300 new patients have enrolled for care at the facility.
Throughout 2013, the facility expanded and added new services to include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT); physical therapy and occupational therapy; and expanded outpatient surgery services in ophthalmology, podiatry, and urology. Future surgical program expansions, as well expansions in dentistry, urgent care and women’s health are expected in 2014.
The center continues to hire new employees as services expand. Currently, the facility employs about 480 clinical and administrative professionals. Individuals interested employment at the facility can view open positions and apply online at www.usajobs.gov *.
About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,500 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fourth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. Every year the organization treats approximately 103,000 patients while providing a full range of high quality medical, psychiatric, and extended care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings.