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VA opens new primary care clinic near hospital to replace U.S. 1 facility
The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday opened a new primary care clinic in Fredericksburg.
The VA’s community outpatient clinic moved to a new building at the base of the hill near Mary Washington Hospital. Staff members began seeing patients there on Monday.
“We wanted to offer veterans a better facility.” said William Maixner, practice manager.
The clinic is affiliated with the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond. At 10,000 square feet, it is twice the size of the one that the VA had been using. The old clinic was located on U.S. 1, south of Fredericksburg, and served area vets for about 11 years.
The clinic added staff in anticipation of the move and plans to add services, Maixner said. Currently about 20 people work there, providing primary care, mental health, social work and pharmacy services. The clinic serves veterans of all ages, from all branches of the military. Last year it served 3,400 patients and had almost 19,000 patient visits.
“With more wars, more veterans are coming,” Maixner said. “We’ve seen a huge increase in the Fredericksburg population.”