Fort Howard VA Clinic to relocate to Franklin Square
The VA Maryland Health Care System has selected the Franklin Square Professional Center at 5253 King Ave. in Rosedale as the new site of the eastern Baltimore County VA Outpatient Clinic, replacing the former facility in Fort Howard.
The new building is expected to open in August 2018.
The Fort Howard clinic was permanently closed in March of 2016 after inves- tigations revealed water damage and mold problems. Following issues including “numerous infrastructure issues” such as aging heating and air conditioning systems were later discovered.
Veteran patients have been going to the Loch Raven clinic since the facility’s closure.
The new 12,000 square foot facility will be significantly larger than the former clinic at Fort Howard, will have
new features such as larger exam rooms and patient waiting areas. Developers have said that the Eastern Baltimore County VA Outpatient Clinic will be more conveniently located closer to major highways like I-95 and U.S. Route 40, unlike the Fort Howard building which was located on a peninsula. The move to Franklin Square will also improve mass transit to the clinic, as the hospital is on multiple bus stops and other thoroughfares.
“We are happy to bring VA health care services back to Eastern Baltimore County after the closing of the Fort Howard VA Outpatient Clinic in March 2016,” said Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “By finding a central location for the new clinic that is close to major roads and mass transportation, we are looking forward to serving even more veterans in the area over the next five years. Our veterans wore the cloth of our nation in service to our country, so we want to be there for them now to serve their health care needs.”
As one of six communitybased outpatient clinics op- erated by the VA Maryland Health Care System, the Eastern Baltimore County VA Outpatient Clinic will provide outpatient primary care services, mental health care, women’s health care, social work assistance, preventive health and education services, various medical screenings, and referrals to specialized available throughout the health care system. The clinic, which will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will also feature a free weekday shuttle service to and from the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
“Baltimore County’s approximately 47,000 veterans can expect to receive exceptional health care services at the new clinic by experienced and compassionate providers and support staff who specialize in delivering personalized attention to meet the individual needs of their veteran patients,” states the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair.
The new Eastern Baltimore County VA Outpatient Clinic will offer free parking and clinic appointments for veterans living in Bowleys Quarters, Carney, Chase, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Fort Howard, Fullerton, Kingsville, Middle River, Nottingham, Overlea, Parkville, Perry Hall, Rosedale, Rossville, Sparrows Point, and White Marsh.
“We are committed to providing health care for veter- ans that is close to where they live and work,” said Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “This new clinic will offer veterans living in Eastern Baltimore County access to important VA health care services in their local community.”
For information about VA health care eligibility and enrollment or how to apply for a VA medical care hardship to avoid future copayments for VA health care, interested Veterans are urged to call the Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800463-6295, ext. 7324 or visit www.maryland.va.gov.
A rendering of the new VA clinic at the Franklin Square Professional Center.
Fort Howard’s first hospital building circa 1910.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs closed the Fort Howard outpatient clinic in March 2016 after leaks from a hot water tank led to problems with mold.