New VA Clinic to Open in Visalia

 

Last updated 4/29/2024 at 3:57pm | View PDF

The former Buckman-Mitchell Building will be the home of a VA Clinic.

After much anticipation, a new VA clinic is set to open its doors soon in Visalia, replacing the existing VA clinic in Tulare. Driving this transition are the space limitations of the current location in Tulare. The smaller facility on Cherry Street no longer meets the needs of the growing Veteran population.

The transition to the new clinic represents a significant milestone for VA staff, said Tulare Administrative Officer Tawanda Cochran. "With nearly 5,000 Veterans enrolled for services at the Tulare clinic, the demand for expanded facilities and services has never been greater."

The Visalia clinic, spanning 23,300 square feet on North Santa Fe Street, will replace the current 7,000-square-foot facility on Cherry Street in Tulare.

The clinic will open in phases, initially offering primary care and mental health services, with plans to introduce specialty services later. Those specialties include audiology, labs, imaging, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, and podiatry.

Cochran, who spent 13 years in the Navy and gets her health care at VA, understands firsthand the importance of accessible and comprehensive healthcare services for Veterans and the convenience of having specialty care available locally, eliminating the need for Veterans to travel to the VA Fresno Medical Center.

"As a Veteran myself, it'll be so much better. For example, I will be able to get imaging results right away. Rather than trying to schedule an appointment, take time off work, and drive into Fresno."

Navy Veteran Rosalina Taylor also receives her healthcare at the Tulare clinic and was excited to learn about the Visalia clinic opening near her home. "I look forward to receiving care at the new clinic which is about five miles from my home. It will make dealing with my medical issues and service-connected disabilities much more convenient. I won't have to drive very far. That is super. That is really great."

An examination room at the new VA Clinic in Visalia

While the official opening of the clinic is slated for May 20, 2024, it's important to remember that not all services will be available immediately. Existing services will continue to be offered, with new services being phased in over time. This approach ensures a smooth transition for our Veterans while allowing us to maintain the highest standards of care.

The Tulare clinic will remain open through Wednesday, May 15th at 4:30 p.m. Staff will have orientation and mandatory training on May 16th and 17th.

There will be no in-person clinic services at Tulare or Visalia VA clinics on May 16th or 17th. Veterans needing care can use our On-Demand Services by calling (559) 225-6100. Or you can visit local urgent care clinics, your local emergency room, or VA Fresno Medical Center for care on those two days.

 

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