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4 Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Mirror A/C & Heating ,1t AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING CORP. James (Gunny) Arntz L.v. (7o2) 302-9882 OJ e (775) 727-6800 Lic. # 0078175 I PREPARING TO OPEN - The brand new VA Pahrump Community Based Outpatient Clinic is I preparing to open its doors with a soft opening scheduled for Wednesday, November 2 through I Friday, November 4. A celebration to mark the commencement of operations is set for Thursday, November 10 at the clinic. "Uniformed Officers Eat Free" 4760 P)/BIvd. #1P In Tho Carboerq Plaza , CONTROL Open: Tues-Sat Parts 1201 S.Hwy 160#99 4[ Supplies (Across From Saddle West) Kits Pahrump, NV 89048 Hours: 10am-6pm *Models *Toys *Games Hospice HOSPICE 1-775-751-6700 2270 Commercial Dr. Pahrump, NV 89048 by Robin Hebrock Mirror Staff The new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outreach Clinic in Pahrump will soon be opening its doors but in preparation for the start of operation at the new facility, the old VA Clinic will be closing down the week prior. The long- sought-after new clinic has undoubtedly been eagerly awaited by the local veteran population. After years of effort, former military members will finally be able to utilize VA care at the brand new, updated and much larger facility. According to VASouth- em Nevada Hedthcare System Chief of Public Affairs Charles Ramey, the last day for scheduled clinical operations at the current facility, located on Calvada Blvd., will be Thursday, October 27. Local veterans will have to patiently await the opening of the new state-of-the-art clinic, located on Lola Ln. just noah of Desert View Hospital, which is set for November 2 through 4. However, this will only be a soft opening, with the new clinic set to tran- sition into a full-schedule operation by November 9. There will be a ceremony in commemoration of the VA Clinic opening on November 10 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The community is invited to attend and show their pride in the newest addition to the com- munity. New facifity set to open November 2-4 "...the VA will be able to provide veterans in Pahrump with greater access to primary care, mental health and specialty care services..." Ramey explained the reason behind the approxi- mately week-long closure, detailing that the transfer from one location to the other makes such a closure necessary. "There will be no scheduled clinic ap- pointments in Pahrump from October 28 to Novem- ber 1 due to the staff move, final setup and transfer of the phone and IT systems to the new location," Ramey stated. As for the staff itself, Ramey assured that all staff members at the current facility will be moved to the new location, preserving the jobs of those who have been dedicated to the health of veterans. "All individ- uals currently assigned to the old Pahrump clinic will be assigned to the new clinic," Ramey said. "Staffing on-site in Pahrump will remain unchanged when the new clinic opens. We have 20 staff members, includ- ing three providers in Pahrump. However, with the expansion of telehealth and use of other technology such as secure messaging and MyHealthVet, the VA will be able to provide veterans in Pahrump with greater access to primary care, mental health and specialty care services directly from the medical cen- ter." In addition to newly-expanded access to services, the new facility itself is substantially bigger than the old clinic. "The size of the new facility is approxi- mately 10,000 square feet, twice the size of the cur- rent facility," Ramey told The Mirror. "It includes 12 exam rooms, with eight regular exam rooms, two telehealth rooms and two women's health exam rooms. The same level of services and care offered in the old location, to include primary care, mental health and social work support, will continue at the new location. However, with the additional space and equipment, we will be able to provide veterans with greater .access to providers and services at the VA Medical Center via tele- health. The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare Sys- tem manages more than 20 telehealth programs." The contract for the new Pahrump VA Community Based Outreach Clinic was awarded in August of 2015 and the project officially broke ground in January of this year. The new facility was reported as a needed upgrade due to the increasing amount of veterans accessing care at the old clinicl The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System opened the first Pahrump clinic in 1999 with approximately 650 patients seeing service and by the end of September, 2014, the number had grown near- ly four times to more than 2,400 patients. According to reports during the groundbreaking ceremony, the former clinic simply did not have the space for ad- ditional growth, with estimates of even more patients in the coming years. Therefore, the project is antici- pated to allow space for growth and help boost the health care services for local veterans. "Like the old clinic, the new facility is a build- lease contract where the lessor builds the facility then leases it to the VA," Ramey explained. "The VA will lease the new facility from Pahrump VA LLC who contracted with Neenan Archistruction of Fort Col- lins, Colorado, to design and build the clinic." VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Direc, tor and Chief Executive Officer Peggy Kearns was expressing optimism over the new clinic. "With the opening of this new state of the art facility, our Pahrump medical team will be better-equipped to provide high-quality care and services to current and future veterans," Kearns told The Mirror. "This en- deavor was made possible because of the dedication of the local veterans community and service orga- nizations, federal, state and local officials and those directly involved in this public-private partnership. The new clinic will serve the community's current and future needs for many years to come and we look forward to beginning the next chapter in our history of providing quality and timely health care to our vet- erans in Pahrump and Nye County." Contact author Robin Hebrock by emailing mirror.rhebrock@gmail.com Call 775-727-5583 for information