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Sen. Graham, Scott attend Upstate VA Clinic ribbon cutting

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A ribbon cutting ceremony is held. (Nov. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina) A ribbon cutting ceremony is held. (Nov. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Both Graham and Scott spoke at the ceremony. (Nov. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina) Both Graham and Scott spoke at the ceremony. (Nov. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina)
The scissors are brought out for the ribbon cutting. (Nov. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina) The scissors are brought out for the ribbon cutting. (Nov. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott were in the Upstate Friday for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Greenville Community-Based Outpatient VA Clinic.

Graham and Scott were joined by staff, other military personnel and area veterans at the clinic, which is located near Greenville Memorial on 41 Park Creek Dr. in Greenville.

FOX Carolina was there when doors to the clinic opened in August.

The new 78,000-square-foot facility 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 because of 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 said 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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