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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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Lee County VA Healthcare Center Dedication Ceremony to Take Place Dec. 7

November 23, 2012

BAY PINES, FL – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host a dedication ceremony for the new Lee County VA Healthcare Center on Dec. 7 at 10:00 a.m.

The ceremony will take place outside the front entrance of the facility located at 2489 Diplomat Parkway East in Cape Coral, Fla.

The ceremony will feature guest speakers Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System; Cape Coral Mayor John Sullivan; Bob Koenig, President, Manhattan Construction; and keynote speaker Dr. Robert Jesse, Principal Deputy Under Sectary for Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Directly following the ceremony, invited individuals will have the opportunity to participate in a short reception and tour select areas of the facility.

Signage will be posted to direct visitors to the venue. Reserved and general parking will be available nearby. A shuttle service will also be available to provide transportation for guests from parking lots to the ceremony area.

The venue is handicapped accessible.  A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired.  The ceremony will be held outside. Please dress appropriately.

This event is open to local media representatives. Media representatives who require advance information are encouraged to Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System at 727-798-1531 or email

NOTE: The event is open by invitation only. Individuals who were not invited to attend the ceremony are encouraged to visit the facility on the following day, Dec. 8, for a Veteran and Community Open House from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event will be open to Veterans, their families and friends, and members of the local community. For questions, please call 727-398-1531.

About the Lee County VA Healthcare Center

The Lee County VA Healthcare Center is part of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System headquartered in Bay Pines, Florida. Annually, the entire system provides care for approximately 100,000 Veterans and employs about 3,800 clinical and administrative staff.

The new 220,000 square foot outpatient facility will open to serve Veterans on Monday, December 17, 2012. The facility, which will replace the VA clinic currently located in Fort Myers, will greatly expand the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's ability to provide primary and specialty health care services to the Veterans of southwest Florida.

Despite being more about four 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.

Special features of the new Lee County VA Healthcare Center include an open floor plan with significant natural lighting; energy efficient building management equipment; enhanced communication to include video conferencing and Telehealth; and a coffee Bistro for patients, family, and staff.

To learn more about the Lee County VA Healthcare Center and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, please visit or "like" us on Facebook at