FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Veterans, soldiers, family members and civilians are welcomed to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at the new Fort Benning VA Clinic located at 9214 Santa Fe Road.
Afterwards, there will be a special open house event at the clinic and Martin Army Community Hospital from noon to 2 p.m.
As part of a resource sharing agreement between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Fort Benning, the recently renovated 19,000 square foot clinic will improve access, quality and cost effectiveness of health care for approximately 13,000 veterans living in and near Columbus, Ga.
Additionally, 18 specialty clinics housed in Martin Army are available to veterans with a referral from their Primary Care physician.
"The close proximity of this new clinic to Martin Army Community Hospital will greatly enhance VA and Department of Defense relations and resource sharing that will provide exceptional health care to our nation's Veterans," said Dr. Robin Jackson, interim director, Central Alabama VA Healthcare System.
Primary Care services for qualifying beneficiaries have been relocated from the Columbus Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) at 1310 13th Ave. to the Fort Benning VA Clinic. Dietary, social work, clinical pharmacy and laboratory services also will be available to Veterans at the new clinic on post.
Veterans in the service area were notified via mail of the upcoming change in their site of care.
The Columbus CBOC will focus on mental health and will offer the following services: compensation and pension, eligibility, patient photo ID, Optometry and Podiatry.
The Fort Benning expansion will make the following improvements:
- Offer a full complement of Primary Care providers with integrated mental health services
- Expand staffing to four Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Teams, creating availability for 4,000 veterans
- Increase Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Teams to allow more than 13,000 veterans to be served
- Implement tele-health hubs to provide an additional 96 appointments per week