EUGENE, Ore. – The ground is broken and now construction can start on the new outpatient VA Clinic. Top officials and local vets were on hand to witness the ceremonial beginning for the new center off Old Coburg Road and Chad Drive.
The brochure for Monday’s groundbreaking read “To Care for Those Who Have Borne the Battle”. The center will do just that and vets say this care has been needed for a long time.
“I drove the VA bus from Eugene to Portland for about ten years a couple of times a week,” said veteran Delmar Dee Kimbro Jr.
For those veterans, next summer the commute will stop.
The 100,000 sq. ft. Eugene Health Care Center will be completed.
“It’s going to have a full lab. It’s going to have a dispensing pharmacy, outpatient surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry. It really is an amazing contribution to the healthcare structure for our veterans,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley.
“From the renderings that you see, it’s going to be one of the nicest in the United States,” said project developer, Terry Moreland.
With some simple words from the Chaplain Mike Gillespie:
“Eugene Clinic your time has come. Dig the soil, plant the seed, grow and idea meet the need.”
National and local leaders broke ground on the outpatient center with veterans looking to take part in building its foundation.
“It will be a godsend” said veteran Don Keeney.
“It’s going to save a lot of time in travel,” said veteran James Mehriager.
“There are a lot of veterans in bad shape that need help and this is what we need,” said veteran Kimbo Jr.
“I think this is so important, recognition for those who have served in the past but also those who will be coming back to our community in the near future that they get the kind of healthcare they need and the access they need,” said Mayor Kitty Piercy.
A major milestone in health and healing for our nation’s heroes.
The center is set to be complete and open next summer. It will likely receive tens of thousands of outpatients a year.