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Veterans Health Administration opens clinic at Langley-Eustis

Electronic board: "Welcome to USAF Hospital Langley, 633d Medical Group"
Steve Walsh
The new VA clinic inside the hospital at Joint Base Langley-Eustis will serve as many as 10,000 veteran patients.

The latest Veterans Health Administration facility is located inside the hospital at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The Langley VA Clinic is part of an effort by the VA and the Department of Defense to open up more military health facilities.

Hampton Roads has one of the fastest-growing veteran populations in the country: The area that includes southeastern Virginia and parts of North Carolina has roughly 108,000 veterans and has grown nearly 20% in the last five years. The system is looking for ways to expand quickly, said Dr. Taquisa K. Simmons, executive director of the Hampton VA.

“When we walked the space, we found out that this will be prime to be able to serve our veterans,” she said. “And so the collaboration and the work started from there, that was a little over a year ago.”

Langley had space available inside its hospital, so the cost to the VA was minimal. The new VA clinic will serve as many as 10,000 veteran patients, providing primary care and outpatient services. VA doctors and staff will treat patients.

The VA and Air Force held a ceremony Monday to mark the opening of the clinic.

“Our people obviously know each other and have worked with each other between the agencies. So they ended up executing on this really well,” said Dr. Shereef Elnahal, undersecretary for the Veterans Health Administration.

The VA and the Pentagon are looking at other partnerships that would open military hospitals to treat veterans as the VA takes on more patients. Since the PACT Act was signed into law in 2022, more than 500,000 new veterans have signed up for VA health care nationwide, according to the federal agency.

The Department of Defense is also looking for ways to open up its facilities to provide better training to its medical staff.

“We need patience. That’s how we get doctors and nurses and techs ready to go to war,” said Dr. Lester Martinez-Lopez, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “So part of this exercise with the VA is to give us an opportunity to serve them.”

The clinic at Langley is open to all eligible veterans. The Hampton VA is scheduled to open another clinic in Chesapeake later in the year.

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