May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009
VA PUGET SOUND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BEGINS SEEING PATIENTS AT MOUNT VERNON OUTPATIENT CLINIC (CBOC)
SEATTLE – Beginning on May 18, 2009, VA Puget Sound Health Care System started seeing patients at its permanent outpatient clinic (CBOC) site at 307 South 13PthP Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 near Skagit Valley Hospital. The CBOC operates from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. The phone number for the Mount Vernon clinic is (360) 848-8500.
On July 2, 2009 at 10:30 a.m., VA Puget Sound will hold a Dedication and Celebration for Veterans their families, local leaders, and partners from Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley. Details of this event will be available in June.
The phase-in time between the clinic’s move from Sedro-Woolley to Mount Vernon, and the July 2 Dedication of the Mount Vernon Clinic will allow for the transition of patients from existing and interim sites of care to the new permanent site in Mount Vernon. “Patients should continue to see their current health care providers until they have been contacted by VA Puget Sound to move their care to the Mount Vernon CBOC,” states Susan Passalacqua, Mount Vernon CBOC clinic manager.
Veterans who currently receive their care at Sedro-Woolley will have their care automatically transferred to Mount Vernon and will be contacted by VA staff. Patients utilizing the once a month check-in clinics at Friday Harbor and Bellingham will be phased into the Mount Vernon clinic and will also be contacted by staff.
Existing VA Puget Sound patients, who have requested a transfer of their care from Seattle or from another VA Puget Sound CBOC location to Mount Vernon, will be phased in over the next few months. Veterans who have questions about transferring their care to the Mount Vernon CBOC should contact Pat Tulip, CBOC Intake Coordinator at (206) 764- 2547. All other eligible Veterans who are new to the VA system and seeking primary care should contact Enrollment and Eligibility at (206) 762-1010 extension 62170.
The new clinic at Mount Vernon occupies 16,700 square feet; the entire second floor and part of the third floor of a new medical building directly across from Skagit Valley Hospital. “We are thrilled to be able to offer Veterans care closer to home in such CBOC a wonderful setting,” states Stan Johnson, medical center director at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Once the clinic is operating at full capacity, specialty care services will be brought on line and will eventually include vision, hearing, dental, lab and basic X-ray. “We especially want to thank our partners at United General Hospital for their gracious support during our interim stay in Sedro-Woolley. The community has been fantastic; we know that we will have the same welcoming spirit with our new neighbors at Skagit Valley Hospital, we look forward to the celebration on July 2.” adds Johnson.
Media are directed to contact VA Puget Sound Public Affairs at (206) 764-2317 for questions, tours or photography. You may also contact us at: HTUpublicaffairspugetsound@va.govUTH.