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Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center


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VA officials cut ribbon to officially open new specialty, urgent and diagnostic care center

VA officials cut ribbon to officially open new specialty, urgent and diagnostic care center

Thursday, October 16, 2014

At the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center on Oct. 15, VA leadership and employees, Veterans, community members, and representatives of elected officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Specialty Care, Urgent Care and Diagnostic Service Center.

“We believe in honoring military service and empowering Veterans’ health. We are so pleased to begin offering Veterans care in this new, state-of-the-art space,” Acting Medical Center Director Elizabeth Helsel said during the ceremony. “The magnificent new health care delivery environment offers many enhanced features that are designed to provide the personalized, proactive patient-drive care that Veterans have earned and deserve.”

Construction began in spring 2013, and the project renovated a 35,000 square foot existing building with construction costs at approximately $13.4 million. Specialty care including dermatology, infectious disease, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonary and urology along with pain management, and compensation and pension exams will be offered in the new space starting Monday, Oct. 20. Through the end of 2014, the provision of urgent care, optometry, podiatry, radiology and laboratory services are expected to transition to the new space.

Project highlights include new equipment and technology, increased space, centralized check in areas, optimal layout for staffing efficiency, improved patient safety features, and better accessibility for persons with disabilities.

The Coatesville VA Medical Center serves approximately 19,000 Veterans each year, and has more than 200,000 outpatient visits. In the last year, Veterans visited specialty care providers more than 14,000 times, and used urgent care services nearly 5,000 times. Also in that time period, 420,000 laboratory samples were processed, and 11,000 radiological tests and scans were completed.

Bray Mooney Construction, the project’s architect/engineer, and CTA Builders, the project’s construction contractor, are both Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

Photo Information - Billy Cargile, Visual Information Specialist

(left to right)
Andrea Hall, Education Program Specialist (master of ceremonies)
Elizabeth Helsel, Acting Director
Jonathan Eckman, Associate Director
Dr. Sheila Chellappa, Chief of Staff
Nancy Schmid, Associate Director for Patient Care Services 
Ketan Patel, Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics & Extended Care
Lyn Ordonez, Director of Primary Care                                  
Connie Belden, Radiology Manager
Karie Duke, Laboratory Manager
Tim Apollo, Project Manager


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