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New VA clinic ribbon-cutting set for Monday

Veterans Administration Secretary James Peake is expected to officially open a new VA outpatient clinic in Charlotte on Monday, an effort to get better care closer to veterans.

With 15 doctors on staff, the 52,000-square-foot clinic is vastly larger than Charlotte's old clinic. It also will provide a lab, pharmacy, eye and audiology clinics and radiology services. Even before it opens, plans are under way to add a second floor to expand services.

“It's our effort to provide easy access to veterans,” said Carolyn Adams, director of Salisbury's VA hospital, who also oversees the Charlotte clinic and ones in Winston-Salem and Hickory. “We want one-stop shopping for all our veterans.”

The Charlotte clinic will serve veterans from Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cabarrus, Union, Gaston and Lincoln counties.

Monday's 9:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting will include remarks from U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr, and U.S. Reps. Robin Hayes and Sue Myrick, all Republicans. The new clinic is at 8601 University East Drive. The event is open to the public; all veterans are urged to attend.