Veterans will get expanded medical services, including specialty services

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EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso VA held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new buildings at Fort Bliss.

The new buildings will include a clinical contact centre, a home-based primary care program and a community care department.

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

VA administrative staff will be relocated to the new buildings. The change will add space to the existing clinic. With that space available, the acting medical director says they will reallocate space from the main facility for more medical services.

These services include primary medical care, mental health and specialist services.

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

“El Paso has one of the fastest growing veteran populations in the country. What we really want to do is position ourselves for the future and make sure our new building that we’re going to create has enough of clinical space to absorb and care for all of these additional veterans who will be joining us,” said Mark Rielo, acting director of the medical center.

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

“We’re actually going to be able to be open 365 days a week, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our veterans to speak to a licensed practitioner,” Mark Rielo said. “To be able to have all the clinical needs assessed and triaged and a care plan made for our veterans.”

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