Identifying challenges and gaps to convenient VA health care in the fast growing Plano market, VA North Texas Health Care System, with the help of U.S. Rep. and Air Force Veteran and former Vietnam POW Sam Johnson, set out in 2012 to bring VA outpatient services to Plano-area Veterans.
The Plano VA Outpatient Clinic opened for patient care Aug. 31, implementing aspects of whole health in its construction and design, and is the first VA clinic to assign full time health coaches to each Patient Aligned Care Team. On Friday, Sept. 16, at 9:30 a.m., the Plano clinic will host an official grand opening and dedication event for the community of Plano.
The state-of-the-art clinic is approximately 10,000 square feet and provides integrated holistic primary care, mental health, telemedicine, laboratory and x-ray services in an environment designed for healing. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, clinical massage and a women’s clinic enriches physical healing and supports the whole health pathway to help Veterans reach their overall health goals.
“The newly-activated Plano VA Outpatient Clinic is VA’s initial footprint in the expansion plans for the Plano market,” said VA North Texas Director Jeff Milligan. Construction of a new estimated 17,000 sq. ft. specialty care clinic has been approved and will begin the initial design phase in FY 2017.
VA North Texas Health Care System serves more than 119,000 patients each year, delivering more than 1.4 million outpatient visits to Veterans in 38 North Texas counties and two counties in southern Oklahoma.
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