Sunday, December 16, 2012

Healing begins at new VA clinic in Cape Coral

Healing begins at new VA clinic in Cape Coral
Dec 16, 2012
Written by
Frank Gluck

If Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s goal was to impress Southwest Florida’s veterans with its new outpatient clinic opening Monday in Cape Coral, well, mission so far accomplished.

Hundreds of veterans, their family members and local officials have offered rave reviews of the new $53.1 million facility during its several open houses this fall. Given that the new health center is three times the size, and much more modernly designed, than the closing clinic in Fort Myers, it’s not hard to see why.

But now the hard work of healing begins for the 200,000-plus Gulf Coast veterans the center will potentially serve — a group that is increasingly younger, more diverse and, for those newly returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, in need of the intensive mental health and medical care.
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