Joplin VA Clinic opens today

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Health care just got a lot more convenient for thousands of veterans living in the Four States.

If today is any indication, this clinic will see heavy use. They expect to see seven thousand veterans per year, vets like Micheal McCulloch.

“A lot closer and lot easier to drive,” says Micheal McCulloch.

Something this Frontenac veteran really appreciates. Today it’s just a check up.

“Do fasting and blood tests, things like that,” says McCulloch.

Micheal McCulloch was one of the very first patients to use the brand new VA clinic in Joplin. It features 10 primary care exam rooms on the second floor.

“Each exam room has two, two doors. Staff comes in one and patients come in and out the other. So it’s just a whole different way of delivering care,” says Jacque Long, VA Facilities Director.

There’s a radiology lab just down the hall. And on the first floor, vets can access behavioral health services, blood testing and a pharmacy consulting room.

“Our home based team is here; we have the HUD bash which is the homeless,” says Jacque Long.

It’s a range of services attracting veterans from around the Four States and just down the road.

“Oh my gosh, six blocks versus 30 miles. It’s wonderful,” says John Keeling, Joplin vet.

For veterans who want to take advantage of the new clinic, workers say they can come in as walk ins, bringing a DD-214 form to show that they qualify. The opening comes just a couple of weeks after a new V.A. Clinic opened in Springfield – the two clinics replacing the old operation in Mount Vernon. The new Joplin clinic sits just northeast of the intersection of 32nd and Connecticut on the west side of the multi-building campus.

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