City Club Discusses Veterans Health Care

EUGENE, Ore. — The City Club of Eugene tackled the issue of veterans health care on Friday with an appearance by the health director of the Roseburg VA.

Carol Bogedain drove up from Roseburg and spoke during the meeting; she specifically talked about the new clinic scheduled for construction on Chad Drive. Bogedain says it’s been a lengthy process, but there is light at the end of the tunnel; they met with a developer earlier this week.

While some veterans we spoke with were excited about the news, they also questioned the decision not to include in-patient services. Bogedain says that the local population just isn’t big enough to warrant those services.

“In-patient services are very expensive to provide and you need a larger population base to justify the need for one,” she says. “So having an outpatient facility really offers you the best of both worlds.”

Bogedain says the goal is to provide more primary care and specialty services on an ambulatory basis to prevent the need for in-patient care.

It’s still unclear when the groundbreaking for the facility will take place. It is hoped that the full design for the facility will be completed by early next year and the project is still anticipated to be finished in the summer of 2015.

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