I am pleased to share with that the Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to a 20-year lease for a new Community-Based Outpatient Clinic at 955 West Fillmore Street in downtown Colorado Springs.
The 76,000-square foot facility is more than double the space in the current two clinics that are being replaced by the new "super" clinic. The replacement clinic will provide primary care, mental health, specialty care, and ancillary diagnostic service for veterans in the eastern Rockies area.
I fought for this super clinic with expanded services because I know our veterans need it. This clinic will make world-class medical care more easily accessible to veterans throughout the Pikes Peak region.
Colorado Springs is home to nearly 100,000 veterans and their families. This new clinic is further evidence that the Veterans Administration recognizes their growing numbers and is committed to providing them the best medical care.
The VA is expected to move into the clinic in November 2014.
In April 2011, Congress authorized $10 million for construction of an expanded VA clinic in Colorado Springs. The VA, citing growing veterans population, approved having a new clinic.
When combined with the surgical services available at the Air Force Academy, this new clinic will ensure that veterans in our community can get a more complete package of medical care in Colorado Springs.
The new clinic on 18 acres at the corner of West Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard will provide the following services:
mental health care
substance abuse treatment
home-based primary care
Dedicated area for the completion of compensation and benefit exams to include
3000 square feet to be occupied by the Veterans Benefit Administration
Veterans Business Center