The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will open a new clinic this week in Upper Allen Township to replace a smaller facility in nearby Camp Hill.
The Camp Hill clinic, at North 32nd Street, closed last week. The new VA clinic is at 5070 Ritter Road in the Rossmoyne Business Center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for Tuesday with the facility expected to open on Wednesday.
Wormleysburg-based Linlo Properties developed the new facility for the VA.
The new clinic covers about 25,000 square feet, up from about 20,000 square in Camp Hill, said VA spokesman Doug Etter. The Rossmoyne facility also has 40 exam rooms compared with 28 at the old clinic, including two designed specifically for women veterans.
The new facility also has 12 behavioral health rooms, an increase from nine, and two group therapy rooms instead of just one.
The Camp Hill VA clinic served about 7,200 veterans in Cumberland County. Of the six community clinics connected to the Lebanon VA Medical Center, it was the busiest, Etter said.
“We needed to expand the space,” Etter said. “We also added some more specialty clinics and physical therapy space so folks don’t have to drive here (to Lebanon).”
The new space also can accommodate growth as only about 30 percent of veterans who are eligible for VA care actually enroll, Etter said.
Construction of the new facility, which was led by Dillsburg-based eciConstruction, got underway in late December. Most of the work was completed by early June.
The construction cost was more than $6 million, excluding new medical equipment supplied by the VA, according to Linlo.