Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the ribbon-cutting for the Charlotte VA Health Care Center at 1 p.m. Friday. Tours of the new outpatient clinic, 3506 West Tyvola Road, will be available to the public after the ceremony until 3 p.m.
The new $104 million, five-story brick-and-glass building, at Cascade Pointe Boulevard and West Tyvola Road, opens Wednesday. One of the largest VA health centers in the country, it will offer outpatient services only and become home to some of the doctors and nurses who have been working at the Charlotte VA health center at 8601 University East Drive.
The University-area clinic will continue to operate on a scaled-down basis, offering primary care. But veterans who need specialty care will be referred to the new health center, which will offer some new services, such as dialysis, physical therapy and MRI testing.