New, expanded VA health clinic in Muskegon will address increasing demand for services

MUSKEGON, MI – A new, bigger veterans clinic to deal with growing demand for clinical expert services will be developed in Muskegon County.

The U.S. Office of Veterans Affairs is planning a 23,000-square-foot health-related clinic at the corner of East Apple Avenue and Walker Road in Muskegon Township, VA General public Affairs Officer Brian Pegouske informed MLive/ Muskegon Chronicle.

That’s much more than double the sizing of the present-day clinic at 5000 Hakes Drive in Norton Shores, Pegouske said. That clinic, positioned near the Muskegon County Airport, will near when the new one particular opens, very likely in spring 2023, Pegouske said.

“We glance ahead to bringing a contemporary facility to the veterans in Muskegon and looking at what serves we can carry nearer to them,” Pegouske claimed.

Because the VA to start with opened a Muskegon medical clinic 23 decades ago, business office visits have increased by almost 1,300%, in accordance to MLive data.

Like the present clinic, the new one will present primary care and mental health companies, Pegouske stated. Officers are looking at extra services, even though which ones are not still crystal clear, he explained.

“We’ll appraise the products and services as it receives nearer to the opening,” he claimed.

The Muskegon clinic delivers some specialty wellness providers, including remedy for listening to loss, nutritional counseling, palliative care for critical sickness, laboratory and pathology solutions, psychiatric and psychological solutions and therapy for submit-traumatic tension ailment.

It also has social workers onsite to guide veterans, family users and caregivers with a myriad of desires, which include housing and economic counseling.

The Muskegon clinic served 5,200 sufferers in 2021 with 31,000 outpatient visits, Pegouske claimed. Which is grown significantly given that 2010, when there ended up a full of 11,150 visits by 3,040 veterans, MLive described before.

The current clinic opened in 2012 with 8,000 square toes of room, considerably more substantial than the 2,400 sq. ft at its preceding web site on Muskegon County’s campus at 165 E. Apple Ave.

When the Muskegon satellite office very first opened in 1998, it served 750 veterans with 2,250 visits the first calendar year, MLive documented earlier.

The Muskegon clinic is one of five satellite workplaces operated by the VA Battle Creek Medical Middle. Other people are positioned in Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Benton Harbor and Lansing.

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