Clinic business

Department of Veterans Affairs considers possible clinic in Fremont County – Canon City Daily Record

Fremont County may soon be home to a new veterans clinic.

At Tuesday’s Fremont County Board of Commissioners meeting, commission chair Debbie Bell said the VA has recognized the need in the community and is actively seeking clinic space.

“They hope to act on this very quickly,” she said. “They are looking for an existing medical site with between four and six exam rooms, plus space for staff, which will consist of a core team of medical provider, registered nurse, LPN and medical support staff.”

The VA also sees a future need for a mental health component, as well as future growth to accommodate two full medical teams, Bell said.

The opening time is 10 months to two years or more, depending on whether they find an existing site or whether they need to build a new stand-alone clinic.

“I think it’s great that the VA is considering putting a clinic here in Fremont County,” said Fremont County Veterans Duty Officer Marty Peek. “I think the 5,500 veterans who live in the county, as well as veterans in Chaffee County and Custer County, will benefit.”

He said some local veterans found it difficult to travel outside the area for treatment.

“Some veterans don’t have reliable transportation, and some veterans don’t have the ability to drive before or after their medical appointments and they rely on other county veterans to get them to their appointments. you medical,” Peek said.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Asset and Infrastructure Review report, released March 14, offers recommendations that “focus on improving access to care and quality of care for veterans in s ensuring that departmental infrastructure in the decades to come reflects the needs of veterans and 21st century design standards. .”

It is recommended that the La Junta, Salida, Lamar and Burlington sites close and that care be redirected to other facilities.

“There’s a lot of pressure right now on Colorado Springs,” Peek said. “The VA clinic there is not able to keep up with the volume of veterans in El Paso County, and Fremont County is just putting more pressure on El Paso County because our vets go there. If we had our own clinic, not only would it be a benefit to our veterans, but it would also take the pressure off El Paso County.

Anyone who knows of currently available space or other locations to consider can email Bell at debbie.bell@fremontco.com.

“We’re really excited for this to happen,” Bell said. “We are very, very grateful to Marty Peek here in Fremont County for all the work he does for veterans.”

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In other cases:

  • County Executive Sunny Bryant reminded residents that the county has opened a second round of the grant program through American Rescue Plan Act funds for businesses, nonprofits and schools. For more information or to complete an application, visit www.fremontco.com. The application deadline is March 31.
  • Bryant announced the dates for the Spring Cleanup program. Landfill vouchers will be distributed from April 11 to May 20. An electronics recycling event is scheduled for April 9 at Pathfinder Regional Park. The county is also considering hosting a herbicide disposal cleanup date.
  • Bell said Holcim Tire Day will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on April 23 at Portland Park. There is no fee for citizens of Fremont County; ID is required.
  • The council approved a proclamation declaring April Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
  • Council approved a resolution to suspend fire restrictions.
  • The Board of Directors approved a proclamation for Holcim Portland Cement Plant for 125 Years of Operation, designating April 3-9 as Holcim Portland Cement Plant Week in Fremont County.