U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today praised an announcement by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that it plans to open two new community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Tennessee, in Hawkins and Madison counties. The clinics are among 38 that have been announced across the country.
“This is great news for nearly 5,000 Tennessee veterans in upper East Tennessee and West Tennessee who should now have an easier time getting the care they need,” Alexander said “This process started with hospital administrators in Mountain Home and Memphis, and I applaud them for recognizing the increased healthcare needs of our veterans."
“Accessibility is a key factor in providing the best possible care for our veterans, and I’m thrilled that health care services will now be closer to home for thousands of Tennessee veterans,” Corker said. “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country, and I will continue working with Senator Alexander to ensure they are receiving the care they deserve.”
CBOCs are established to improve access to primary and specialty care for veterans in rural areas to reduce veterans’ drive times, waiting times for follow-up care, and waiting times at parent hospitals.
The VA anticipates that 2, 200 existing patients and 170 new patients will be treated at the clinic in Hawkins County. The Madison County clinic is expected to treat 2,115 existing patients and 298 new patients.
According to the VA, these CBOCs will become operational in 2007 and 2008, and local VA officials will keep communities and their veterans informed of progress in establishing the new clinics.