Beckley VA Medical Center
Mercer County Mobile Clinic
Beckley, W.Va. – Eligible veterans living in the southern portion of West Virginia will soon benefit from a mobile health clinic. Beckley VA Medical Center Director Karin L. McGraw announced today that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has approved the acquisition of a mobile health clinic as part of VA’s effort to provide health care for patients in rural communities. The mobile clinic, like VA’s community based outpatient clinics, is an extension of the medical center and will offer access to primary care services.
The wheel chair accessible mobile clinic will be fully self-contained. It will include two exam rooms, a waiting area and a restroom, and maintain access to electronic records through the use of satellite technology.
“Beckley VA is committed to providing primary care and mental health care for Veterans in our entire catchment area” said McGraw. “Along with adding the mobile health clinic, we are in the final stages of contracting for a telemedicine clinic which will be co-located with the new Vet Center in Princeton. We are focusing these outreach efforts in Mercer County to help improve the availability of services to our south.”
The telemedicine facility is expected to open in the fall and will provide tele-mental health and access to a variety of specialty consultative services including tele-dermatology, tele-gynecology, general surgery and the weight management program. Additional specialties will be fielded in line with demand and capacity. Delivery of the mobile clinic typically takes about six to eight months.
Together, the mobile clinic and telemedicine clinic will substantially increase the ability veterans living in the region to take advantage of VA health care.
For more information, call Debbie Voloski, Public Affairs Officer at 304-255-2121, Extension 4883.
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