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New clinic opens doors for Upstate veterans

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Military medals decorate the inside of the new clinic. (Aug. 16, 2013/FOX Carolina) Military medals decorate the inside of the new clinic. (Aug. 16, 2013/FOX Carolina)

Doors to the new Greenville Community-Based Outpatient VA Clinic are now open.

The new 78,000 square foot facility is located near Greenville Memorial on 41 Park Creek Drive in Greenville.

According to officials, the clinic will serve more than 18,000 veterans living locally, featuring health services including audiology, dental, dietetics, laboratory services, mental health, optometry, prosthetics, radiology, rehabilitation services, pharmacy and primary care services.

"We used many innovations in designing this facility that will enhance our care to Veterans," said Interim Medical Center Director Robert U. Hamilton in a press release. "Importantly, we are focusing on the patient-centered care environment that includes open communications and ensures Veterans are directly involved in their own care," he added.

The old VA clinic was located on Augusta Road in Greenville, but due to its small size, many patients were forced to travel to the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia for care. This new clinic will provide veterans access to care, without the need to travel.

Officials say the clinic has other improvements, including expanded on-site parking and a canteen where visitors can purchase food and drinks. Operating hours are listed on the clinic's site as 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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