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VA Center to open doors in May

Pike County’s new Veteran’s Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic will officially open in May and current patients will be contacted by mail with instructions on how to transfer. New patients can register once the clinic is open. 

“The new Pike County VA Clinic will increase access and ensure that our veterans continue to receive the high-quality health care that they have earned and deserve closer to their home,” said Atlanta VA Health Care System Public Affairs Officer Greg Kendall. “We are always trying to improve services for our veterans, and the new Pike County VA Clinic will help us do just that,” added Kendall who is an Army veteran.

The 61,000 square foot facility was built on 11.25 acres and will have around 100 full time employees who will provide care to more than 78,000 veterans in the 10-county area. 

The VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 was the catalyst behind the local VA project and the goal is to provide more centrally located VA Clinics for veterans so VA Hospitals can focus on specialized care for veterans in dire need. 

The Molasky Group of Companies was in charge of construction and heavy rainfall delayed the project some. The city of Zebulon extended an 8-inch water line under the highway in the area of 19 North Salon & Spa as well as a sewerage line under the highway near the area where Burger King was built north to just below the senior center. 

“We are excited and very grateful, as I’m sure you are, to have this facility opening soon in support of all of the veterans and their families who have been underserved for so long. I’d like to personally thank everyone in Pike County for working so diligently to make this medical facility become a reality,” said Rob Johnson,  Georgia Department of Veterans Services office manager in Griffin. 

The new facility will provide VA outpatient primary care and mental health services to eligible veterans. 

Those interested in applying to work at the VA Center can go to usajobs.gov and search for Zebulon, GA. Those interested in volunteering at the facility can contact the Center for Development and Community Engagement at volunteer.va.gov or by calling 404-728-7728.

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