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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
News Release
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

New VA Outpatient Clinics Opening Next Year

HOUSTON – The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is making progress toward establishing four new VA outpatient clinics in Richmond, Lake Jackson, Katy, and Tomball and reopening its clinic in Texas City.

Scheduled to open the summer of 2010, the Richmond VA Outpatient Clinic will be located in the professional building near OakBend Medical Center, close to U.S. Route 59. The nearly 10,000 square-foot facility will provide primary health care, mental health care, laboratory, and X-ray services to Veterans in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. Emergency medication needs will be met on a local contract basis. 

The Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, scheduled to open in the fall of 2010, is in the final stages of the contract negotiation process. Physical location information cannot be released until this is finished. It will be similar in size to the Richmond clinic and also offer primary health care, mental health care, laboratory, and X-ray services.

The VA outpatient clinics planned for Katy and Tomball will be much larger in size than the ones in Richmond and Lake Jackson; approximately 30,000 square feet each.  Since this exceeds local contracting authority, the Department of Veterans Affairs Real Property Office in Washington, D.C. is handling the contracting process.  These clinics are expected to open in 36 to 48 months. 

The MEDVAMC also plans to reopen the Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic in 2010.  Several properties are currently being considered for lease. 

All of the planned VA outpatient clinics will be staffed by VA personnel.

The MEDVAMC currently operates outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, and Lufkin. In fiscal year 2009, there were 815,695 outpatient visits at the Houston facility, 55,295 in Beaumont, 34,142 in Conroe, 18,860 in Galveston, and 45,054 in Lufkin.




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