As a part of the continued effort to increase access to high quality healthcare, officials at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center held a grand opening and ribbon cutting event to the new ambulatory clinic on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.
“Opening the new ambulatory clinic at the Cheyenne VA is a milestone event for Veterans who receive outpatient services here,” said Andrew Ruben, Cheyenne VA Medical Center spokesperson. “The new wing offers more than 40 new, state of the art, exam rooms. This is a significant increase from what we currently have in our primary care, outpatient wing.”
It is expected that the new clinic will quickly reach a level of efficient usage. Workload at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center has steadily increased over past years. In just the last two most recent fiscal years, the Cheyenne VA campus center served 17, 562 Veterans at the end of FY10 and by the end of FY11, than number increased by 8.6% to a total of 18, 183 unique veterans receiving healthcare at the main location. The number of outpatient encounters during this time period increased by 12.8% from 151, 589 to 167, 010 visits.
The $6.6 million dollar construction project expands the footprint of the Cheyenne VA’s campus by 22,000 square feet. Not only were dozens of new patient exam rooms established in this project, but also the new wing will increase opportunities for providing more patient education, additional mental health counseling as well as minor medical procedures.
For more information about eligibility, programs and services available, contact Cheyenne VAMC Public Affairs at 307-778-7523.