VA opens regional clinic in Modesto
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The agency that offers health services for local military veterans opened a regional clinic in front of hundreds in Modesto on Friday, Feb. 8.

The new 23,000-square-foot clinic at 1225 Oakdale Road, which is run by the Palo Alto Healthcare System, will provide medical care to veterans, including those from Patterson. Veterans who needed medical attention previously had to drive to Livermore, or even Palo Alto.

Jonathan Friedman, spokesman for the Palo Alto Healthcare System, said the clinic serves people where they live.

“It’s about finding out where veterans are and where they’re residing and bringing the care to them,” he said.

The new state-of-the-art clinic boasts 20 exam rooms and offers services including general medicine, radiology, phlebotomy, physical and occupational therapy, mental health and social work services, and home-based primary care.

In addition, the clinic offers an array of routine medical maintenance services, including immunizations, referral for cancer screenings and diabetic education.

The clinic also offers limited hearing aid repair and speech therapy services.

Friedman also said that if the care for a certain medical issue isn’t available at the clinic, a doctor in Palo Alto or Livermore can see a patient in Modesto through video conferencing.

American Legion Post 168 Commander Mike Anderson said the clinic is a good start in an area that needs more help caring for its veterans.

“Whatever comes in to our area is a plus — it’s closer to us,” he said. “I’d like to see a VA hospital here, too.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs has plans to build a hospital off Interstate 5 in French Camp in San Joaquin County.

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, said he would do all in his power to ensure the planned hospital is built as planned, on time and on budget — like the Modesto clinic.

“The French Camp hospital needs to happen, and we’re going to make sure it does,” Denham said. “We want to always take care of our veterans that have served.”

The French Camp hospital, and another clinic facility in Stockton are expected to open in 2018, but Friedman said neither has received funding from Congress, though both have land set aside, with an ambulatory hospital at one of the locations, Friedman said. While the land has been procured for both of those facilities, neither has received funding from Congress yet.

For information: 557-6200.

• Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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