Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 12, 2014

Arrival of mobile veterans clinic delayed due to snowstorm

BLUEFIELD — The big day for area veterans has been delayed thanks to a dangerous winter storm.

The long-awaited mobile clinic for veterans was supposed to arrive in Bluefield this morning — but the ceremony has been rescheduled thanks to the inclement weather outside. But local veterans won’t have to wait very long. The clinic will now arrive at the Herb Sims Youth Center on Stadium Drive in Bluefield on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m., according to Debbie Voloski, a public affairs officer with the Beckley Veterans Administration Hospital.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the facility will be held at that time and the first patients also will be seen Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is among those scheduled to attend the celebration.

“We are very excited about the opening,” Voloski said. “The first patients will be seen at the mobile clinic on the 18th. We hope that everyone in the area comes out to see the new access vehicle for the Beckley VA. It is our first mobile clinic. We just hope this is the beginning of a great relationship with the veterans here in Bluefield.”

Voloski said the mobile veterans clinic will remain for now at the Stadium Drive location in Bluefield because the site is well equipped with all of the needed amenities and is centrally located for veterans in the region.

“As long as we fill it up — it will remain there,” Voloski said. “We sent out letters and had a wonderful response from the veterans. We’ve already heard from in excess of 500.”

The 38-foot long mobile unit will provide primary care to a panel of 1,200 veterans living in the region. The mobile clinic will be fully self-contained with two exam rooms, a waiting area and restroom. It will also be able to maintain access to electronic records through satellite technology. The clinic will also have one doctor, one RN, a secretary and a driver on staff.

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