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VA outpatient clinic in Alex opens Oct. 5

The St. Cloud VA Medical Center will officially open its new Alexandria Community Based Outpatient Clinic at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the clinic on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10 a.m. Tours of the clinic will follow the ceremony and VA staff will be onsite to answer veteran questions and to take applications for enrollment for VA health care.

The clinic, located at 515 22nd Avenue East in Alexandria, will offer primary health care and mental health care to veterans in Central Minnesota, and specialty care referrals to the VA Medical Centers in St. Cloud and Minneapolis.

Other services to be provided include social work, clinical pharmacy, laboratory and nutrition services. Home-based primary care will also be available for eligible veterans who live within a 40-mile radius of the clinic and who have difficulty leaving their homes to receive their VA care.

VA will staff the clinic with 16.7 full-time equivalent staff members. Clinic hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic's phone number is (320) 759-2640.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Those attending the event are asked to park at Garden Center Lanes (Broadway Ballroom/Fat Daddy's Bar & Grill) at 115 30th Avenue East in Alexandria. A bus will shuttle attendees to the event, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Those with a disability that requires the use of a wheelchair, scooter, etc. may be dropped off at the clinic, and their driver should then proceed to the Garden Center Bowling/Broadway Ballroom lot.

Any eligible veteran who chooses may have his or her care transferred to the Alexandria Clinic by calling (320) 255-6339.