CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston is expanding its services for veterans with new clinical care locations.
The new leases will provide a Clinical Care Annex for outpatient services in North Charleston and a consolidated facility for outpatient care in Myrtle Beach.
Construction on the new facilities will begin next year.
The Charleston VA was ranked as the second fastest growing VA for the 2017 fiscal year.
“Space has been our biggest challenge with our rapid growth rate,” said Charleston VAMC Director and CEO Scott Isaacks. “Being able to increase our physical footprint with these two leases will give us the space we need to continue providing high quality health care services to our veterans.”
The local clinical care annex will be located at the corner of Rivers Avenue and Hanahan Road in North Charleston. It will be 75,000 square feet.
The Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center says this location's main focus will be on primary care and dental services.
It will also have mental health services, select specialty care, blood collection and radiology.
That includes CT scans, ultrasounds, bone density tests and the capability to add MRIs.
The Myrtle Beach VA Outpatient Clinic will be 84,000 square feet and will be located on the northwest corner of Howard Avenue and Airpark Drive.
Medical center officials say the lease gives ample space to expand existing services in the area including primary care, mental health, tele-mental health, tele-health, dermatology, podiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics, optometry, audiology, compensation and pension, blood collection, an optical shop and radiology.
The space also allows for expansion of specialty services.
Both the Charleston and Myrtle Beach sites will feature a women’s clinic and provide plenty of parking spaces for veterans and visitors.
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