Veterans clinic opens in Jonesboro

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(Source: KAIT)
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Veterans in Jonesboro can now get care closer to home.

The Jonesboro Community Based Outpatient Clinic held a grand opening Friday.

This clinic is a part of the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The clinic was established to provide care to veterans closer to home.

"The goal is to provide point of service care to the veterans so they don't have to go to the main medical center," Memphis VA Associate Chief of Staff Thomas Ferguson said.

"It is part of the larger idea of the VA, to provide services to veterans closer to where they live," Memphis VA Chief of Staff Christopher Marino said.

Marino and Ferguson said they want veterans to know that the care provided at this clinic is the same as in Memphis.

"We are fully integrated here with the main campus in Memphis," Marino said. "We want the veterans to know when they come here they are coming to the VA. This is not something different, it is part of the whole system and we encourage them to enroll and come."

"It will be a uniform standard of care so this is seamless service that we deliver at any other facility," Ferguson said.

The clinic was built in partnership with Onsite Occupational Health and Safety.

Ferguson told Region 8 News that Jonesboro is one of the largest outreach areas for Memphis reaching about 4,000 veterans.

He said they are happy to provide this clinic to veterans.

President and CEO of Onsite Kyle Johnson said he is proud to be a part of the clinic as well.

"As a veteran myself I take it very personally that we give the veterans the best health care on earth," Johnson said.

Johnson, Marino and Ferguson said veterans can expect excellent care at this clinic.

"When they come here they will be treated with respect because they earned it and they will get the best medicine that can be delivered," Johnson said.

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