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VA moving forward with plans for clinic

June 20, 2006

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A mobile medical clinic treating Lawrence area veterans has stopped using the Reed Medical Group building at 404 Maine as preparations are made for a permanent location elsewhere in the city.

The mobile clinic at Reed was discontinued in May by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Colmery-O'Neil Medical Center in Topeka. Jim Gleisberg, spokesman for Eastern Kansas Health Care System, the firm that oversees the Topeka hospital, said he was unaware of the discontinuation last week when he told the Journal-World there were plans for a permanent VA clinic to be established in Lawrence.

Gleisberg said some veterans previously scheduled for service will be seen at the new clinic over two days next week in a trial run to test the facility's equipment.

He said location of the new clinic would be announced early next month when it is ready to serve all veterans.

The new clinic will initially be open two days a week, though plans call for it to eventually expand services to five days a week as more patients are seen. The mobile clinic at Reed was open two days a month.

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