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BREAKING NEWS: Pike County VA Medical Center Projected to Open in 2021
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Citizens and veterans been waiting for two years to hear the final details of the VA Clinic that is scheduled to be opened here in Pike County. Andy Bush, District Director in the Office of Congressman Drew Ferguson (GA-03), gave some new details to Pike County Times today along with information that has been released to the public already.

Director Bush advised that their office was contacted by a Congressional Relations Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs who advised the following: "It’s been a long time coming, but they’re going to award the lease within the next 30 days. Attached is a fact sheet on the project for your reference. Activation is anticipated to occur in 2nd Quarter 2021."

The location of the property for this outpatient clinic with 350 parking spaces and approximately 49,175 square feet is anticipated to be released by mid September. "This project would expand Primary Care by adding additional Patient Aligned Care Treatment (PACT) modules, and expand and enhance Mental Health services by utilizing the Behavioral Healthcare Interdisciplinary Program's (BHIP) team-based care approach," says the enclosure for the Outpatient Clinic Lease in Support of the Atlanta, Georgia VA Medical Center.

The proposal begins by saying, "This proposal provides for a new Outpatient Clinic lease in the vicinity of Pike County, GA for clinical services in support of the Atlanta Medical Center and the Dublin VA Medical Center." It continues by saying that this clinic will allow "easier access to care for Veterans living in rural communities who currently must travel long distances to receive services at either the Atlanta or the Dublin VAMCs" and that the proposed lease "would allow the Department to open a new facility in a timely an efficient manner, and provide Veterans in the Atlanta/Dublin area better access to high-quality, reliable health care."

"This project addresses space and utilization gaps and would enhance Veteran health care services in the Atlanta/Dublin market... With this new lease, sufficient space will be available to provide the necessary Primary Care, Specialty Care, and Mental Health capacity to help ensure Veterans have timely access to high-quality care."

Pike County Times has asked the question whether veterans who are tied to the Dublin VA Medical Center could use this Atlanta VA Medical Center when this Medical Center opens around the 2nd quarter of 2021. A definitive answer has not been given yet. However, seeing the words "Atlanta/Dublin" in this proposal sounds rather hopeful!

And with changes to healthcare in the MISSION Act that were enacted on June 6, 2019, access to health care now includes the VA’s network and as well as approved non-VA medical providers using Veterans' VA coverage. To read more about the MISSION Act, click here.

Pike County Times will continue to follow up on the Pike County VA Center as information becomes available.

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