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Eugene Site Chosen for VA Clinic

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene is one step closer to providing the medical attention needed for our local veterans.

A site has now been picked for a future 100,000-square-foot veterans hospital.

The veterans administration was looking at five different sites in Eugene to break ground and ultimately chose one, across the street from the Register-Guard building on Chad Drive.

The VA hospital will provide primary care, ambulatory surgery, ancillary services, and will also be the co-location of the Roseburg VA Medical Center, which local veterans are currently driving 70 miles in order to get help.

“Roseburg is an hour away. Portland is an hour and a half or more. The veterans population in Eugene has a place to go now to get the care that they’ve earned as veterans of the Armed Services,” said Tom Towslee, spokesman for Senator Ron Wyden.

Congress approved funding for this clinic back in 2008, which is expected to cost anywhere between $60 million to $80 million.

This center, which is projected to receive tens of thousands of outpatients a year, is expected to be completed by February of 2015.

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