VA funds will build Bangor clinic

Posted Aug. 25, 2009, at 8:01 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded funding for a new community-based outpatient clinic for veterans that will be built in Bangor. Rep. Michael Michaud, who is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health, announced the funding on Tuesday.

The new clinic will be built on the campus of the Maine Veterans Home on Hogan Road. It will be the largest in Maine and is expected to be open for business in 2011. It will be built, owned and maintained by C.D. Smith Construction Inc. of Fond-du-Lac, Wis., and leased to the VA. The funding announced Tuesday awards the company a lease of $921,000 a year for 20 years.

Michaud spokesman Ed Gilman said Maine-based contractors will be used in the construction and maintenance of the property.

James Doherty, a spokesman for the Togus VA Medical Center, said Tuesday that the nearly 30,000-square-foot facility will be about three times the size of other VA clinics in Maine. It will replace the outgrown VA clinic on Hancock Street and serve about 6,000 veterans in northern and eastern Maine, he said.

The new clinic will offer a number of specialty services including audiology, radiology, eye care, dental care and physical therapy in addition to primary care and mental health services. The clinic also will provide telehealth services for veterans in the region who are not able to travel easily to Bangor.

There are a total of six VA community-based outpatient clinics in Maine, located in Bangor, Calais, Caribou, Lincoln, Rumford and Saco. VA health care services are also available through part-time clinics in Houlton and Fort Kent.

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