On Sept. 9, 2016, the Veteran’s Administration formally accepted the keys to the new Lafayette Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Lafayette, La.
The new clinic will expand and replace the existing Lafayette CBOC and will provide primary care, physical therapy, eye care, radiological services and dental care, which had not been offered at the previous facility. An estimated 45,000 veterans in the area are expected to take advantage of the new clinic, which opens to patients Nov. 14, 2016, just three days after Veterans Day.
“This new community-based outpatient clinic will provide not only much needed space, but also additional services to meet the health care needs of thousands of veterans in south central Louisiana,” said Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Project Manager Richard Painter.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician himself, said the additional space will allow doctors to see more patients efficiently and will provide more privacy to veterans being treated, giving them a “greater sense of comfort and calm.”
The project team consisted of GMC, project architect; BL Harbert International, general contractor; and Johnson Development, owner and developer.
In addition to the Lafayette clinic, the three firms partnered to develop the recently completed VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Savannah, Georgia.
Prior to construction of the new Savannah VA Clinic, many veterans in Savannah and the surrounding area were forced to travel more than 100 miles to Charleston to receive the medical care they needed. The two-story clinic is almost twice the size of the 25-year-old facility it replaced and features expanded services, reducing wait times and the frequency of trips to South Carolina. Services offered by the Savannah CBOC include primary care, mental health, physical therapy and specialty care, including dermatology, gynecology, ophthalmology and podiatry.
Both the Savannah and Lafayette clinics are registered with the certification goal of LEED® Silver under the LEED for Healthcare rating system.