VA outreach clinic to open this fall

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2008

JUNEAU - The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System will open a clinic in Juneau this fall.

The new clinic will initially provide Southeast Alaska veterans with routine primary care, screening and mental health services.

Plans are underway to lease 4,000 square feet of space in the Federal Building downtown.

The Juneau VA Outreach Clinic will share medical providers and clinical lab operations with the U.S. Coast Guard, and will continue to use Coast Guard space for hearing evaluations.

Ten percent of Alaska veterans reside in Southeast Alaska, according to the VA.

"The Alaska VA continues to work toward expanding access for veterans living in rural areas," said Alex Spector, director of the Alaska VA Healthcare System.

The VA opened a clinic in Anchorage in 1992, in Fairbanks in 1997 and in Kenai in 2001.

"We are now focusing on the more remote areas off the Alaska road system," Spector said.

In 2007, the Alaska VA provided 112,103 visits for 14,383 veterans and purchased more than $39 million in care from community providers and hospitals around the state.

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