ELY - The Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic here just completed a renovation that added 2,400 square feet of remodeled space and 5,040 square feet of new space. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening …
ELY - The Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic here just completed a renovation that added 2,400 square feet of remodeled space and 5,040 square feet of new space. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration was held last Friday.
The completed project enables the outpatient clinic to provide additional health services, including mental health care, primary and internal medicine, and women’s health care to area military veterans.
Minneapolis VA Health Care System Director Patrick Kelly attended the grand opening and thanked “dedicated staff” at the Ely VA Clinic for continuing to provide “top notch” health care to area military veterans
Kassidy Karnik, Minneapolis VA Health Care Systems Community Based Outpatient Clinic Director and St. Louis County Veterans Service Officer, also took part in the grand opening celebration.
The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board supported the project with a $247,918 Development Infrastructure grant to the city of Ely. The infrastructure improvements required for the building expansion included relocation of a sanitary sewer main, installation of a storm sewer, replacement of sidewalks to provide ADA access, extension of a new sewer service and restoration of the roadway and parking lot that serves the building.
The clinic opened in 2013 and is located on Miners Drive in the city-owned Sato building within the Ely Business Park. Other building tenants include CWT Travel and the state Department of Revenue.
The clinic currently serves approximately 450 veterans, has six employees and is anticipated to hire two additional employees. The expansion created approximately 15 construction jobs. Total project investment was $2.95 million.
“The Development Infrastructure grant to support the expansion of Ely’s VA Clinic is part of the agency’s commitment to the growth of business and quality of life in northeastern Minnesota,” said IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips. “The clinic project retained and created jobs and provides quality health care to our region’s veterans who have sacrificed to serve and protect our nation.”
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