Sumner VA clinic opens next month

Sumner County’s first Veterans Health Administration (VA) outpatient clinic will begin seeing patients next month at its new facility on Steam Plant Road in Gallatin. JOSH CROSS

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plans to open its new outpatient clinic in Gallatin next month, which will offer easier access to primary care and mental health services for veterans in Sumner County and surrounding areas.

The Sumner County Community Based Outpatient Clinic will begin seeing patients at its new facility on Steam Plant Road near Sumner Regional Medical Center on Monday, Dec. 17, according to Chris Vadnais, public affairs officer with the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. A ribbon cutting will take place Dec. 14 at 10 a.m.

“We have a large and growing community of veterans in the Gallatin area who will benefit from having a VA clinic closer to home,” Vadnais said. “We are focused on expanding access to VA care for veterans in our communities and this clinic will do that for many.”

Construction of the 9,440-square-foot facility started in February. Once completed, it will feature exam rooms, consultation offices and group rooms, along with clinical staff and support space.

The project also represents the first Tennessee Valley Healthcare System clinic to be built with a Whole Health approach to care in mind.

“This means Whole Health coaches will be integrated with the primary care teams and they will provide access to alternative care modalities,” Vadnais said. “We will be offering evidence-based care options like chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga and Tai Chi to help veterans accomplish their health care objectives.”

Area veterans enrolled in VA care currently have to travel to Nashville, Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Cookeville or Dover in order to visit a Tennessee Valley Healthcare System clinic.

“This will be a great asset to the veterans in the whole area to have a clinic that they can go to and be close,” American Legion Post 17 Commander Curtis Malone said. “They’re really excited because they can go out there and get stuff done and not have to spend a day in Nashville or someplace else.”

The new outpatient clinic in Gallatin will be capable of providing services to approximately 2,000 veterans from Sumner County and surrounding areas when it opens next month, according to Vadnais. That number is expected to double as the facility is built out in the coming years.

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