INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — A new VA clinic is coming to Terre Haute’s east side.
Veteran Health Indiana Wednesday announced plans for the $40 million VA Outpatient Center that will combine existing primary care and mental health facilities, and will offer several new services.
“As you come in the front door, the far left side is mental health, the center of the building which is the largest area is the patient-aligned care team and that’s a primary care module,” said Hokanson Companies Inc. Exec. VP Boyd Zoccola. “There’s an eye clinic, audiology, physical therapy, a lab, a pharmacy… prosthetics will be there, so they can go to multiple specialties in the building.”
The clinic will be located on over 12 acres of land behind Walmart on State Road 46, and will have 250 parking spots. Hundreds of construction jobs are expected to be connected with the project.
The new facility is expected to serve as many as 10,000 veterans, and officials say it also will offer services geared toward homeless veterans.
“Homeless veterans require wrap-around services, and that could be a social worker to help them if they’re perhaps on the verge of homelessness, or a social worker to perhaps connect them with housing in their area,” said VA Medical Center Acting Director Laura Ruzick. “But also, there will be things that they also need, perhaps mental health services, family counseling, substance use disorder services.”
A nearby bus system offers transportation out to the area, and Zoccola says the city of Terre Haute is working with project managers to possibly include a bus stop at the front of the clinic to better serve patients.
“This is your VA,” said Ruzick. “Come, we want to serve you, you earned our commitment, you earned our honoring you as a veteran who served your country.”
Officials hope to break ground in May or June of 2020 with an estimated 13-month construction time.