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New VA community clinic in Iowa City a hit with veterans

A ribbon cutting marked a celebration Friday at the opening of the new VA Community Clinic in...
A ribbon cutting marked a celebration Friday at the opening of the new VA Community Clinic in Iowa City. The clinic occupies space that once housed the downtown Iowa City Post Office.(KCRG)
Published: Oct. 19, 2018 at 5:45 PM CDT
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Veterans needing care at the Iowa City VA now have a new option for some services. A new community clinic is now open in space that once housed the main Iowa City Post Office across the street from the Johnson County Courthouse.

VA leaders, as well as local leaders and veterans, attended a grand opening event on Friday. The conversion of the empty federal building space cost $10.5-million and took about two years.

About 150 staffers moved into the new facility last month.

Glendon Remington of Marion used to go to the VA Medical Center for all the services he needed.

But Friday was his second time to use the community clinic instead of the hospital.

Remington gave the change a big “thumbs up” saying he’s spending more time getting care and less time waiting around.

“You don’t have to fight the parking. I don’t end up having to go so far for parking. And then your appointments are a lot faster,” he said.

VA services like the dental clinic and lab, a prosthetics lab, physical therapy, and compensation and pension clinics made the move.

And with more space overall, the VA can offer more for veterans.

For instance, at the VA hospital, there was no space for a fitness center for veterans. The new physical therapy area has one now.

VA leaders say the money spent on the conversion should also help taxpayers. The cost of reusing empty federal building space was a lot less than building a new clinic.

One Air Force veteran, James Broadus of Tama, expressed his feeling about the new clinic in just a few words.

“Wow and wow—that’s all right, I like it,” he said.

VA leaders also say the 150 staffers now working out of the clinic could also be an economic development boost for the downtown area as well.