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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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Bay Pines VA Opens New Clinic in St. Petersburg

January 19, 2010

 The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is opening its newest location in St. Petersburg on January 19th.  The new clinic is located at 840 Dr. MLK Jr. Street N., St. Petersburg FL 33705.

Media, Veterans, and the general public are invited to attend the opening of the new clinic

What:  St. Petersburg VA Clinic Ribbon Cutting

Come take a look at the newest location for Veteran healthcare in Pinellas County

When:  January 19, 2010 at 9:00 am

Location:  840 Dr. MLK Jr. Street N., St. Petersburg FL 33705

The new clinic, leased by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is owned by SIVADD LLC and was leased at an estimated annual cost of $196,000 for a minimum of 3 years.  The new clinic is significantly larger at a total of 7,000 square feet (about 5,000 more square feet than the prior clinic).  It will include expanded primary care services and mental healthcare, laboratory specimen collection, a pharmacist for medication consultation, and an Operation Enduing/Iraqi Freedom Case Manager.  The clinic will be designed to provide gender specific care for our female veterans, which includes larger rooms, better layout for privacy, and adjacent restrooms.

Approximately 2,000 square feet of the clinic will be used to house our Mental Health Intensive Case Management program which is a program for seriously mentally ill patients.  There will be approximately 15 staff working for this program who were previously located at Bay Pines.  Most of the work by these staff members is done in the community, where the veterans live.

Last year, approximately 1,200 veterans sought care at the St. Petersburg VA Clinic and almost 6,000 outpatient visits were conducted.  The new location and expansion in services will allow for additional patient capacity at the new clinic.

Following the 9:00 am ribbon cutting, tours will be offered until 10:00 am and then the clinic will begin seeing patients with scheduled appointments.