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December 15, 2017
El Dorado News Times

Opening of new VA clinic delayed again

Circuit issues push opening date to Nov. 30

By Madeleine Leroux
This article was published November 21, 2017 at 5:00 a.m.

The opening of a new community based outpatient clinic for area veterans has been delayed for a second time.

The 10,000-square-foot facility at 1702 N. West Ave. will replace the existing clinic at 514 E. 5th St. In August, officials said the new community based outpatient clinic would begin seeing patients starting Oct. 2.

However, by mid-October, officials said the new clinic would start seeing patients yesterday, but further delays pushed it back again.

Chris Durney, public affairs officer for the Central Arkansas Veterans Health System, told the News-Times that the clinic “had some issues with ATT and IT circuits, so the opening has been pushed to Nov. 30.” In the meantime, patients are still able to be seen at the 5th Street location.

The new facility is leased by the health system and the owner is handling all construction and related costs. According to the Union County Assessor’s Office, the property is owned by SI Property Investments LLC. According to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, the registered agent of the LLC is Tammy Moore and the address is out of Gassville, Arkansas.

When the opening date was first pushed back, Durney said the delay was to give the property owner time to “complete the project to our standards, and to make sure we have it completely medically setup for patients.”

The new community based outpatient clinic will continue to serve the more than 1,800 veterans in the area enrolled with Veterans Affairs. The clinic will offer primary care, mental health, telehealth and nutrition services to area veterans.

Madeleine Leroux can be reached at 870-862-6611 or at mleroux@eldoradonews.com.

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