The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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December 31, 2009

VA clinic to locate near Lewisburg

Facility expected to open late summer or early fall

Negotiations have concluded on the long-anticipated Greenbrier County veterans clinic. According to U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., the Lewisburg Area Community Based Outpatient Clinic will be located in the Greenbrier Valley Airport Industrial Park in Maxwelton, just north of Lewisburg.

The 5,700-square-foot clinic is expected to open in late summer or early fall of 2010. It will be able to serve up to 2,400 veterans, providing medical services that include primary care, home-based primary care and general mental health services.

The clinic will occupy space leased from the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (GVEDC), a tri-county economic development authority serving Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas counties.

In making the announcement about the clinic, Rahall acknowledged the tireless efforts of GVEDC’s executive director, Stephen Weir, in bringing the project to fruition.

In September, little more than a month before Weir was brought on board, the GVEDC’s board of directors approved a budget in excess of half-a-million dollars for the authority that relied in part on anticipated revenue from the clinic. At that time, interim executive director Richard Ellard presented architectural drawings representing a clinic building containing 37 rooms in 8,867 square feet.

No one was available for comment at the GVEDC office Thursday afternoon.

Rahall collaborated with the Beckley Veterans Administration Medical Center to establish the new clinic and to ensure that southern West Virginia veterans have more readily accessible health care options.

“I have been working hard to see to it that West Virginia veterans have access to the medical attention they need without having to travel long distances,” the congressman said. “I commend the work of the VAMC in making this new community-based outpatient site a reality and making sure that excellent, top-notch facilities with quality care and dependable access are available to our veterans, who deserve so much gratitude for their sacrifices.”

The Veterans Administration will review the current list of veterans enrolled at the Beckley VAMC, with an eye toward notifying those who live near the new clinic of the opportunity to transfer their health care to the Maxwelton site.

— E-mail: talvey@register-herald.com

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