Congressman Mike Michaud, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, praised the VA's recent commitment to a robust set of primary care and specialty services at the Lewiston Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Since the 2011 groundbreaking on the clinic, some services had begun to be offered but Michaud and local veterans were frustrated by reports of a reduction in the number of services offered at the clinic.
"It seems like a long time ago when I joined with local veterans to advocate locating a clinic in this area and that work continues today," said Michaud. "Though it has been many years, we always kept our efforts focused on the end result--robust primary and specialty care services for our veterans."
In response to a letter from Michaud asking for clarification, the Network Director of the VA New England Healthcare System committed to offering specialty care services at the Lewiston clinic, including podiatry, optometry, cardiology and urology. In addition, audiology services will be provided through tele-audiology technology. These specialty care services will be phased in once the primary care services are fully in place and the primary care patient base is established. The primary care services will include primary care, women's health primary care, phlebotomy, electrocardiogram testing, mental health, radiology, pharmacy services and home care.
"The VA in Washington and in Togus may have grown tired of my many calls requesting status updates and information about the project, but I'll keep it up until all of the promised services are up and running," said Michaud. "It is critical that the VA keep Maine veterans in the loop as the clinic gets off the ground, and I'm pleased that they have re-committed to providing comprehensive primary care and specialty services at Lewiston."