A new 34,000-square-foot community-based outpatient clinic operated by the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks is coming to Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Currently situated inside the Baptist Health hospital, Fort Smith CBOC’s new building will have an additional 15,000-square-feet to more efficiently care for area veterans, according to a VA blog post.
The larger space will increase the number of exam and consult rooms from nine to 27. More space will be dedicated to women veterans’ health care and mental health care, allowing an expansion to such programs as group therapy and the substance abuse program.
"We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Fort Smith and to begin construction on our new clinic,” said medical center director and retired Navy Chief Yeoman Kelvin L. Parks. “Improving access for veterans in the River Valley area has been a priority for some time and we are happy to see this project moving forward.”
The new facility will add eye care, audiology, laboratory and radiology services to the CBOC’s current services. The radiology section will also be equipped with a CT scan, in addition to X-ray technology.
“The clinic’s laboratory and radiology services will be performed by VA staff instead of a contract service,” the blog adds.
Telehealth capability for services like tele-retinal imaging has also been specifically enhanced.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Oct. 30. Based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, VHSO serves veterans living in 23 counties in northwest Arkansas, southwest Missouri and eastern Oklahoma. The health care system also has CBOCs in Harrison and Ozark, Arkansas; Branson, Springfield and Joplin, Missouri; and Jay, Oklahoma.