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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Big news for veterans was announced on Wednesday afternoon. The VA Central Office announced a new $40 million dollar primary care health center will be coming to Terre Haute. The announcement happened at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis on Wednesday morning.
Yet another project is coming to Terre Haute's Eastside. The brand new 46,000 square foot veterans health clinic will be right behind the Walmart off of State Road 46. It will be capable of serving 10,000 veterans which had all who attended Wednesday's announcement excited.
"It's very exciting. We have worked very hard as a team here with a lot of trials and tribulations to get to this point," Project Manager Radonya Pinkney said, "It feels great to really be able to give back to the Veteran Community."
Contributors say this has been a long time coming and it's a great feeling to serve the many veterans in the Terre Haute community. It was made clear that the new facility will combine existing Terre Haute mental health and primary care clinics into one place. Essentially, it will become a one-stop-shop where veterans can get all the services they need.
The entire facility and parking lot will take up more than 12.5 acres.
Acting VA Medical Center Director Laura Ruzick says this was a need in the Terre Haute community and she's excited to finally get this done. "It's been on our radar for some time that our Terre Haute clinic was too small and really wasn't providing the services that we know our veterans in that area need," Ruzick said, "We are so, so thrilled to be able to bring that to the whole Terre Haute community."
"They've [VA] made a commitment to put these [clinics] throughout the country and Terre Haute is lucky to have the VA bringing the clinic down and expanding their services in that area," Boyd Zoccola said. Zoccola is the Executive Vice President for Hokanson Companies, Inc. which is the real estate comp-any instrumental in choosing the facility's location.
Zoccola says the clinic will include mental health services, a pharmacy, an eye clinic, and much more. As for the location on Terre Haute's rapidly developing Eastside, he said it was an easy choice. "There's bus service there, amenities, easy in and out from stoplights--it kind of hits all the marks for what we are looking for in a site," he said, "We're just excited to be a part of the team and bring it to Terre Haute."
Ruzick says this is all about partnerships and Wednesday had an even deeper meaning in the Terre Haute community."We want the community to be a partner with veterans and I think this is a prime example," she concluded, "We are using an engineering firm within the community making sure there will be job opportunities for Terre Haute citizens and veterans alike, and we think those partnerships, as they grow and grow, will allow all people to be able to care more for veterans. Not just the VA."
Zoccola says their goal is to break ground in May or June of 2020. They plan on the facility being finished in the Summer of 2021.