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VA Clinic expands services to Brainerd lakes area veterans

The VA Clinic in Brainerd has added new services as the result of a recent physical expansion. The physical expansion provided the space to develop full service, on-site audiology and optometry services that were previously available on a limited...

The VA Clinic in Brainerd has added new services as the result of a recent physical expansion.

The physical expansion provided the space to develop full service, on-site audiology and optometry services that were previously available on a limited basis or at the Medical Center in St. Cloud. The enlarged clinic provides additional space to serve the growing number of veterans seeking care at the Brainerd VA Clinic.

The expansion added 3,900 square feet to the clinic, increasing gross square footage to just over 20,000 square feet. Included in the expansion are:

• An audiology booth with an exam suite. Audiology services were previously provided by the mobile audiology van, which visited two weeks per month. The expansion allows us to conduct 40-50 audiology exams per week (instead of 40-50 exams per month using the van). Exams, cerumen removal, hearing aid fittings, and hearing aid repairs can now be obtained at the clinic.

• Two fully equipped Optometry exam rooms and another room designated for auxiliary optometry testing including a visual field, optical coherence tomographer and retinal camera. This expansion allows us to conduct 70 optometry appointments per week, and Veterans are now able to obtain their eyeglasses at the clinic.

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• 15 new exam rooms with supporting medical storage to support additional or expanded services, including: additional physical therapy, podiatry and primary care space and a dedicated Women's Health room.

• Additional administrative space.

Other services at the clinic include: podiatry, telemedicine, mental health services, medication management, clinical pharmacy services, physical therapy, social work services, nutrition services, laboratory services, imaging services (X-ray, ultrasound), home telehealth, and home-based care.

Women's health services available at the Brainerd clinic include a full range of primary care services and IUD insertions, colposcopies and Nexplanon implants are also available.

"We are pleased to be able to expand the health care services we provide to the area's Veterans," said Stephen Black, director of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System, in a news release. "This expansion enables us to offer full service, on-site audiology and optometry services, and to better serve the increasing numbers of veterans seeking care close to home."

Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for the clinic is 218-855-1115.

To use VA health care, veterans must first apply for enrollment. To apply, veterans should contact a county veteran service officer, call the St. Cloud VA at 320-255-6340 or apply online at www.vets.gov .

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