VA To Open Lake Jackson Outpatient Clinic Oct. 11

The Veterans Administration has set a date for the opening of its newest clinic. The facility in Lake Jackson will start caring for patients by the middle of October. This clinic is part of the VA's larger strategy to build a "ring" of clinics around Houston.

The VA clinic in Lake Jackson will provide primary care, mental health, and women's health services. 

Larry Steward is the VA's outpatient clinic coordinator.  He says veterans south of Houston who need routine lab work will no longer have to drive all the way to the Medical Center.

"They may need to get some, for example, some blood draws at other times that that they'll be able to do right there, locally, at the clinic — and save them trips to the hospital here."

Steward says the VA has arranged its outpatient clinics to form a circle around Houston.  He says the goal is to put a clinic within a 30-to-60-minute drive of most veterans in Southeast Texas.

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"You know, we've got Beaumont, we've got Lufkin, we've got Galveston, we've got Conroe.  We've got, planned, Tomball and Katy.  And we've got Richmond opened up.  And now we're going to put one over in Lake Jackson."

The ribbon cutting for the Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic is October 7th.  Patient care begins on October 11th.  Steward says the clinics in Tomball and Katy are close to the construction phase, and should open within the next 18 months.

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