The El Paso VA Health Care System opened the doors to their new South Central VA Wellness Center, the first stand-alone clinic in the area focused on mental health services for Veterans living in El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juarez.
“Space has been a major challenge in the expansion of medical services and increasing access to health care for Veterans,” said Michel Amaral, director of the El Paso VA Health Care System.
“The South Central VA Wellness Center is the first domino in our plan to expand and provide a wider variety of services and more timely care to our Veterans. This facility consolidates VA mental health services into one location, making it more convenient for patients and is near our education partners at Texas Tech.”
The 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the art facility costing $15 million took just over 16 months to complete and is expected to serve about 40,000 Veterans in its first year of operation.
The South Central VA Wellness Center will also free-up much needed space in the 25-year-old, 337,900 square-foot main VA facility located next to William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
“The South Central VA Wellness Center is a crucial component to the El Paso medical community, and more importantly, it meets a critical need for our Veteran population,” said Emma Schwartz, president of the Medical Center of Americas Foundation.
“We hope that a free-standing clinic in a beautiful facility located in the heart of a burgeoning medical center campus will help reduce the stigma often felt by those seeking mental health treatment and honor the service and sacrifice of our deserving Veterans.”
The South Central VA Wellness Center is located at 5130 Gateway Boulevard East.