Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Mayor Cuts Ribbon on Renovated New Bedford Clinic
NEW BEDFORD, Mass – The New Bedford mayor cut the ribbon for the Providence VA Medical Center’s newly-renovated Community-Based Outpatient Clinic here during an event Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.
"We have a solemn obligation to take care of our Veterans who have sacrificed so much. When we make health care accessible and convenient, as the VA has done with this expansion project, it translates to improved health outcomes for our Veterans," said Mayor Jon Mitchell.
Located at 175 Elm Street, the clinic provides a local primary health care option for Veterans in southeastern Massachusetts and nearby areas of Rhode Island. The facility was renovated beginning in September 2013 to expand services and improve patient access.
Improvements to the facility included adding a physical therapy clinic, women's health exam rooms, additional exam rooms and restrooms, renovated space for home-based primary care support, and an enhanced reception area where customer service can assist up to four Veterans at once. Climate control and security systems were also upgraded, as were information technology services, enhancing telemedicine capabilities. In all, the $3.5 million project added 2,000 square feet to the building, for a new total of 11,965 square feet.
"The improvements here are excellent examples of the VA's commitment to provide high-quality, accessible health care to Veterans in our community," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VA Medical Center.