Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Opening of New Specialty Care, Urgent Care and Diagnostic Service Center
October 15, 2014
Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center Celebrates Opening of New Specialty Care, Urgent Care and Diagnostic Service Center
(Coatesville, Pa.) – 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.
About Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center is one of 152 VA medical centers nationwide. The medical center and its outpatient clinics in Spring City and Springfield, Pa. comprise an integrated health care system dedicated to providing Veterans with health care that improves their health and well-being.
Health care offered is continuously improving, patient-centered, data-driven and team-based and encompasses mental health care, primary care, preventive care, geriatrics and extended care, specialty and women’s health care, and pharmacy and social work services, and more for inpatients, residential patients and outpatients.
In Fiscal Year 2014, the medical center provided health care to 19,477 Veterans, and had 222,871 outpatient visits. There were 1,659 Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans and 1,049 women Veterans served. The medical center currently employs approximately 1,360 full time workers.
All Veterans who are treated at the Coatesville VA Medical Center must be eligible for and enrolled in VA health care. Eligibility and enrollment professionals can be reached at 610-383-0265 or 610-383-0266. Visit us at www.coatesville.va.gov and www.facebook.com/coatesvillevamc.