The grand opening and dedication ceremony for the Mount Vernon Community Based Out Patient Clinic (CBOC) was July 2.
The featured guest speakers were Senator Patty Murray, Representative Rick Larson, and V.A. Northwest Health Network Director Dr. Susan Pendergrass.
The CBOC is located on the second floor of the Mount Vernon medical building at 307 South 13th Street, just west of the Skagit Valley Hospital.
The 16,700 square foot clinic is expected to serve 6,500 veterans annually from a five county area of Skagit, San Juan Island, North Snohomish and Whatcom.
There are approximately 60,000 veterans and growing as more people find this area ideal to retire here.
The clinic does not serve walk-in patients or emergencies. A non-VA physician is still necessary for these services.
Currently there are 2,100 veterans (male and female) enrolled at the Mount Vernon CBOC.
Any eligible veteran can request enrollment by completing form 10-10EZ (application for medical benefits). Contact VA Puget Sound at 206/762-1010 extension 62170.
Forms are at www.va.gov
. Veterans that require surgical, critical care or other services will still be required to go to Seattle VA Hospital for care. The Mount Vernon CBOC will have facilities for vision, hearing, and dental issues by the end of 2009.
Many veterans from Legion, VFW, and DAV have worked as an unofficial task force for over a decade, in Whatcom County, to get better health care for the 19,000 veterans that live here. Their names were Stone, Forgette, Pace, DeKraai, LaPold, Erickson, Goldsmith and many more. Bellingham mayor Asmundson and Lynden mayor Louws responded with support. Veterans thank the residents of Whatcom County for their support.