ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Jacksonville; Gov. Ron DeSantis and several local elected officials and military officers turned earth Friday morning at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Augustine Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic.
The new facility on the corner of State Road 207 and Deerfield Preserve Boulevard should be open by late 2020.
St. Augustine’s VA Clinic has been housed in a temporary facility on U.S. 1 just south of State Road 312 for the last few years since the land the original facility was on was sold to Lowe’s.
The new state-of-the-art clinic will be 16,595 square feet with 136 parking spaces. It will meet design standards for PACT (Patient Aligned Care Teams) and VA Community Based Clinics. Existing services will remain to include primary care, mental health, phlebotomy, podiatry, physical therapy and virtual care.
Several veterans were on hand at the ceremony, excited at the prospect of getting a new and better medical facility.
“I am so delighted,” Kenneth Kinnecom said. “Finally, after so many years, we will the new clinic, more services, easier access for our veterans in SJC.”
“I think it is going to do a lot for the community to have veterans’ healthcare much closer,” Myron Moreland said.