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VA Outpatient Clinic Plans for Sumner County

The Veterans Health Administration is moving forward with plans to open its first outpatient clinic in Sumner County.

Site work has already begun on the project, planned at 419 Steam Plant Road near Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, according to Erika Ruthman, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. Construction is expected to be completed later this fall.

“It’s our goal to continuously improve access to care for our veterans, and Tennessee Valley Healthcare System continues to see rapid growth in enrollees, particularly in Middle Tennessee,” Ruthman said about the decision to open the clinic. “For Gallatin community veterans who receive their care at either the Murfreesboro or Nashville campuses, the clinic will offer an option that’s closer to home.”

The facility will include 9,440 net usable square footage for primary care teams and integrated mental health services in a space more than 9 percent larger than originally planned. The additional space will better accommodate the agency’s state-of-the-art services offered to veterans, according to VA officials.

The Gallatin Planning Commission is expected to vote on a site plan for the project during its next meeting schedule for Monday, Jan. 23.

If approved, the agency estimates the outpatient clinic in Sumner County will provide services to approximately 4,000 veterans in Gallatin and surrounding counties.

North Carolina-based Construction Managers, Inc. will retain ownership of the property and building while the VA will operate under a long-term lease to use the site, according to terms of the deal released last summer.

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is comprised of medical centers – Alvin C. York in Murfreesboro and a campus in Nashville – as well as 10 community based outpatient clinics throughout the state.

Article Courtesy of the Tennessean. Reach Josh Cross at 615-575-7115. Follow him on Twitter @joshcross.