New VA Clinic Opens In Greenbrier County Offering Primary Health Care

Maxwelton,WV – Area Veterans now have a new choice in getting routine health care. The VA medical center at Beckley recently opened an outpatient clinic just north of Lewisburg. Although the official opening is set for the 8th of April, the facility is staffed, fully operational, and providing health care services to all eligible Vets.

Clinic Manager Jim Nelson says he thinks it’s going to be outstanding for the veterans of our region. He wants to encourage all Veterans to register with the VA now. Registration is easy and is accomplished at the Clinic. Just stop by with your DD 214 and Jim and his staff will help you with the initial paperwork. The eligibility determination is done else where and takes a little more time but will not start until you’ve registered.

Although the clinic is geared toward Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers, and Pocahontas Counties in West Virginia and Allegheny County in Virginia, Vets from Highland and Bath Counties are also welcome. Regardless of where you live, you have to be registered to be seen. After that, Jim says care is just a phone call away.

“We prefer that the Veterans call ahead of time if they need to be seen” says Jim, “but we’ll make an effort to see you on the same day you call because we understand that illness does occur without being able to expect it.”

Like other health clinics, they offer primary health care, basic diagnostic labs, immunizations, cancer screening, treatment of chronic health problems and mental health services. They don’t offer emergency services, but Jim says that if a Vet requires such service, they’ll make arrangements.

“There’s actually a couple different processes” says Jim. “If it’s a non-emergency, emergency, we have a contract with Jan Care and they’ll come and transport the Veteran to the Beckley VA. And if it’s a true emergency, we’re calling the nearest ambulance facility to get that veteran to the nearest emergency room”.

Jim says there are no immediate plans to expand and any additional services offered would be based on the number of vets they see. They currently serve over 1,400 vets but need to have at least 2,400 before any thought of expanded services can be entertained.

The Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located in the Rahall Technology and Business Center in the Greenbrier Valley Airport Industrial Park. The phone number is 304-497-3900.

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