Lufkin VA to be closed Friday through Monday

Press release

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic will be closed this Friday through Monday in order to move to its new location at 2206 North John Redditt Drive. No health care services will be available during that time. The new clinic will open for normal business on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. The main telephone number for the new clinic is (936) 671-4300 or toll-free 1-800-209-3120.

Veterans who need medical advice may always call the VA Network Telecare Center Hotline at (713) 794-8985 or toll-free 1-800-639-5137. Registered nurses, pharmacists, and administrative clerks are ready to answer Veteran health care questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Located on approximately seven acres of land on the west side of Lufkin just off Loop 287, the new, 37,000 square-foot facility will replace both the VA outpatient clinic located at 1301 West Frank Avenue and the Mental Health Clinic Annex at 1514 Ellis Avenue, a significant convenience for Veterans and staff who frequently travel between locations.

In primary care, the new clinic has eight provider offices, eight nurse offices, 24 examination rooms, a pulmonary function laboratory, and an observation room. On the mental health side of the building, there are 15 rooms for clinical staff and three group therapy rooms. The space for the laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy departments has more than doubled in size. The new facility will also have 250 parking spaces, approximately three times that of the building at 1301 West Frank Avenue.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 9 a.m. Overflow parking for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be available at Keltys First Baptist Church located at 2402 North John Redditt Drive. A shuttle bus will transport event guests between locations. Seating will be limited so it is suggested guests bring personal lawn chairs and perhaps an umbrella or hat in case of strong sun or inclement weather.

The VA outpatient clinic in Lufkin, activated in 1991, was officially renamed under Public Law 108-422 (S. 424) in honor of former U.S. Representative Charles Wilson. A renaming ceremony was held on July 7, 2005.

The Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic provides primary care, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, social work, nutrition, and mental health services to Veterans in the area. In the near future, optometry services will also be offered. In fiscal year 2008, there were 43,094 outpatient visits to the clinic.