Fort Howard VA Clinic to re­lo­cate to Franklin Square

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE VA MARY­LAND HEALTH CARE SYS­TEM

A ren­der­ing of the new VA clinic at the Franklin Square Pro­fes­sional Cen­ter.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE VA MARY­LAND HEALTH CARE SYS­TEM

COUR­TESY OF DUN­DALK-PAT­AP­SCO NECK HIS­TOR­I­CAL SO­CI­ETY

Fort Howard’s first hos­pi­tal build­ing circa 1910.

FROM U.S. DEPART­MENT OF VET­ER­ANS AF­FAIRS

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.

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