U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has chosen a site for an expanded health clinic in Traverse City.
The Michigan Democrat says the expansion will cover about 22,000 square feet and help alleviate crowding at the existing clinic. Services provided will include primary care, women's health, disease prevention and telehealth services.
A new facility will also offer mental health, physical therapy and home-based primary care services.
“Making sure our veterans in Northern Michigan and across the state can get basic health care services without traveling long distances has been a top priority of mine,” said Senator Stabenow in a statement. “The construction of this expanded clinic has been caught up in bureaucracy for years. Today’s news moves us one step closer to more veterans getting the care they need and deserve.”
Plans for the expansion have been in the works for years. Stabenow says former VA Secretary David Shulkin selected the site before his recent departure.
The VA clinic in Traverse City provides health care services for thousands of northern Michigan veterans every year. The new VA clinic will be named after Army Colonel Demas T. Craw, a Traverse City-area native and Medal of Honor recipient, who fought in both World War I and II.