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Veterans welcome VA announcement

Area veterans who prefer going to the Veterans Administration for health care received some good news last week: The Fort Wayne VA Medical Center is partnering with Parkview Health to open a new outpatient clinic annex at 2500 E. State Blvd., the former location of Parkview’s cancer center and just a few blocks from the VA campus.

Importantly, the outpatient clinic will be in addition to the outpatient and inpatient facilities at the VA Medical Center, at Randallia Drive and Lake Avenue.

The VA had announced four years ago that it planned to replace the Medical Center with a large outpatient clinic, apparently eliminating inpatient services.

But two years ago, the VA changed course, announcing a significantly scaled-down clinic without being clear on whether the main hospital would remain open.

The new building – which will open in 2015 after extensive remodeling – will be home to the regional VA’s administrative, mental health and some additional outpatient services.

News of the new clinic’s location came the same day that the top staff of the regional VA discussed progress in reopening the hospital’s inpatient unit.

And for veterans who have been whipsawed by the constantly changing plans for regional VA health care came this good news from the new regional director, Denise Deitzen: “We’re fully committed to being here.”

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