Close and reliable care at a new military veterans clinic

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Willard Burton and other veterans said a new clinic on Goodlette Rd. should help service their many medical needs.

“We know if something goes wrong, we will always have a place to go that has good doctors and will take care of it,” Burton said, about the new veterans clinic.

“I’m expecting to get good care,” James Mcgarity said, an army veteran. Reliable, steady care. The care that I’ve gotten since I got out of the army that Dr. Bonnie Ferrell up in Cape Coral has been giving me since 1995.”

The old clinic, which use to be on Horseshoe Drive was only able to provide services to 7,500 clients. It prompted James Zeigler, acting assistant director for Baypines Health, to make a change, with a new veterans clinic that will serve double that amount in the same time period.

“We grew out of space,” Zeigler said. “The demand for care had grown by about 7 percent of veterans and about 20 percent increase in the amount of appointments that were needed and it just couldn’t be done in a smaller space.”

The new veterans clinic will open Monday with comprehensive services. It serves a portion of a county, which as a whole has more than 28,000 veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2016.

Many veterans said they are looking forward to the opening, with the new amenities that will be offered, such as nutrition counseling, post traumatic stress disorder services, along with mental health.

But most of all, the veterans said they will not have to travel 10 miles to 15 miles away, just to be seen by a physician.

“We know it’s here and it’s only about five miles from where we live,” Robert Twyford said, a Korean war veteran. “It’s great so everything just works out wonderful for us.”

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