Did you know that 41% of Veterans live in rural areas? For this reason, since 2007, the Veterans Health Administration Office of Rural Health has been working diligently to provide rural Veterans with greater access to health care.
VA as a whole is committed to providing excellent care to every Veteran who honorably served this Nation; and Minneapolis VA Health Care System shares that commitment. Minneapolis VA Health Care System works to ensure rural Veterans have access to care by offering health care through tele-health and through Community-Based Outpatient Clinics.
In 2010, Minneapolis VA Health Care System opened the doors of two new Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in St. James, Minn., and Mankato, Minn. In November 2011, Minneapolis VA Health Care System will expand services to Ramsey, Minn., as well.
These clinics join the eight Community-Based Outpatient Clinics already operated by the health care system – in Rochester, Minn., Maplewood, Minn., Hibbing, Minn., Cook, Minn., Chippewa Valley, Wis., Superior, Wis., Hayward, Wis., and Rice Lake, Wis.
Mitzi O’Brien, Business Manager for the Community-Based Outpatient Clinics says of these services, “We are proud of our effort to support the unique needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas.”
In Fiscal Year 2011, Minneapolis VA Health Care System has served over 18,000 Veterans in over 47,000 clinic visits through its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics.