New VA clinic provides more access for Veterans near Plano, Texas


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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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Author

Gary Hicks

is the Director of VA’s Office of Digital Media Engagement. He is a former managing editor of a daily newspaper and a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Gary’s wife is a senior master sergeant stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Comments

  1. Denise Flood    

    I live the fact that a VA clinic is closer to North Dalla area but damn I just left that area to move back to Ft Hiod and Temple VA Hosp bc the Dalla VA was so darn far away! Now that I’ve moved away 2mo ago thru open a clinic and NEVER said that they were building one near the area smh why didn’t the VA inform me about this before it opened I’ve have never relocated ughhh!

  2. David Hoover    

    I have always believed in being a part of the change that I want to see in the world. That is why I became a volunteer at the Dallas VA hospital. I’m a 100% service connected disabled veteran so I experience first hand healthcare offered to vets. I live in Plano, just a few miles away from the new clinic, and I hope to volunteer there as well. I don’t think the general public know just how many veterans use the VA healthcare system. We just ended 2 ten year wars that had a major impact on hundreds of thousands of military personnel. The effects on some will last their entire lives. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to seeing veterans make their way through life missing limbs, some of them multiple limbs. I’m very disappointed that the long lasting horrible reality of 22 veterans a day committing suicide isn’t the leading news story every single day until a solution is found. I consider them having died in battle as anyone that died on the battlefield, their battlefields were in their minds and were just as real and frightening. The news of their deaths effects me the same way.

  3. Kenneth C Hill    

    I live in The Colony and my present Doctor is located at the Denton Clinic. I would like to transfer to the Plano facility as it would be closer and more convenient for me.

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