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Veterans to get expanded medical services including specialty services


EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso VA hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new buildings in Fort Bliss.

The new buildings will include a Clinical Contact Center, Home Based Primary Care Program, and a Community Care Service.

The new facilities will offer more space allowing for the expansion of clinical services.

VA administration staff will be relocated to the new buildings. The change will add extra space to the existing clinic. With that available space, the interim medical director says they will re-purpose the space in the main facility for more medical services.

Those services include primary medical care, mental health, and specialty services.

The new buildings cost five million dollars and took two years to build.

"El Paso is one of the fastest growing veteran populations in the country. What we really want to do is position ourselves for the future of that and ensure that our new building that we're gonna be creating has enough clinical space to absorb and take care of all those additional Veterans that are gonna be joining us," said Mark Rielo interim Medical Center Director.

The buildings will complement future plans to open a region-wide clinical contact center.

"We are actually going to be able to open up 365, 7 days a week 24/7 for our veterans to be able to speak to a licensed practitioner," said Mark Rielo "To be able to get whatever clinical needs assessed and triaged and a plan of care done for our veterans."

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