By Cali Coulthard
MWV Public Affairs
The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Fort Detrick Community Based Outpatient Clinic at the Fort Detrick Army Garrison, Frederick, Md, Sept. 23.
This joint venture between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense expands outpatient services, provides specialty services and improves access to VA health care in Frederick and surrounding areas.
"We at the medical center have partnered with the Department of Defense and Barquist Medical Clinic at Fort Detrick to provide excellent health care to both Veterans and Active Duty military," said Martinsburg VA Medical Center Director Ann R. Brown.
"The new facility site enables a seamless transition from active duty to post-service health care and was designed to meet current and future needs."
The opening was attended by congressional representatives, officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, state and local elected officials, Veteran Service Organizations, Veterans and community partners. Guest speakers were Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Phillip Matkovsky, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Administrative Operations, Veterans Health Administration, VA Capital Health Care Network Director Fernando O. Rivera and Martinsburg VA Medical Center Director Ann R. Brown.
Veterans now have more convenient and greater VA health care services locally, including enrollment and benefits counseling, primary care, mental health, physical and occupational therapy, women's health programs, patient education, pharmacy and laboratory services, as well as remote access to care through telehealth and the My HealtheVet program.
"As we continue to provide increasing access to care, the Veteran not only chooses which provider they see, but how. Innovations like Tele-health and secure messaging through the MyHealtheVet Program offer greater options for our Veterans," said VA Capital Health Care Network Director Fernando O. Rivera. The ceremony was followed by a tour of the facility.