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New VA clinic to open in Eugene January 25

EUGENE, Ore. - The new VA Healthcare Center in Eugene will start seeing patients January 25.

The clinic is located on Chad Drive and Old Coburg Road, across from Costco.

"All the existing primary care services that are at our current location will be relocating over here," said Cynthia Johnson with the primary care department.

The clinic will open with about 100 employees, including 13 primary care doctors, 4 dentists, imaging services and a pharmacy.

The 120,000 square foot clinic will also provide outpatient surgeries and procedures, like colonoscopies, podiatry and opthamology.

"We're going to be doing orthopedics, so shoulders, knees, those types of procedures. Colonoscopies will all be done locally," said Sharon Wimer-Norton.

"A lot of thought went into it," said Robert Holeman, a veteran from Eugene. "It's going to be just a beautiful thing for the community."

The clinic will save veterans the trip to Roseburg or Portland.

"Oh yes, a lot of trips," said Keith Jazek of Cottage Grove. "I'm glad to see it, be able to just come to one facility and get everything done instead of having to go to Roseburg."

"We're integrating our mental health into the primary care arena, which is the new focus, and that's going to be very exciting," said Maria Pini, the clinic administrator. "I'm getting ideas from the veterans that come through. They're dropping off ideas of what they'd like to see. The staff are doing a lot of brain-storming of really what our needs are."

And what about the national issue of wait times?

"We anticipate that with the number of facilities, number of doctors, number of exam rooms, we're going to be able to - there won't be a wait time," said Shawn Clark with the VA.

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