Outpatient clinic to hold grand opening

Published 12:24 am Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic here is open for business.

A grand opening is set for Sept. 3 at 9 a.m., said Damon Stevenson, chief of stakeholder relations. The clinic is located at 206 Vaughan Memorial Drive.

City officials will participate in the grand opening, according to Mayor George Evans.

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“We are proud of this clinic,” he said. “It will help our veterans and we owe them so much.”

The Selma clinic is one of 13 so operated in the state.

Stevenson said veterans might seek enrollment to receive healthcare services through three options. Veterans may call the outpatient clinic at 418-4975, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Veterans may contact the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center at 205-554-2000, extension 1-2220, seven days a week at any time of the day. The third option for veterans is to complete an online enrollment at the VA’s Health Benefits Service Center Web site at www.va.gov/1010ez.htm.

The clinic will operate Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. VA employees will staff the clinic, ensuring a continuum of care the medical center offers to veterans who use the main VA facility in Tuscaloosa.

Blood draws will be done in the clinic. The VA will contract with a local provider for laboratory and radiology for timely return of test results, Stevenson said.

Veterans eligible for VA services not offered at the Selma clinic will receive referrals to the Tuscaloosa VA, another VA facility or a community health care provider. The VA’s Fee Basis program will pay for the referral services.

Stevenson said veterans from Selma already enrolled with Tuscaloosa VA have the option of using the clinic rather than traveling to the main center. They may still use the Tuscaloosa VA, if they prefer.