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Ceremony set at new VA clinic site

ANDERSON, S.C. — State and county officials will gather Friday morning for a groundbreaking for the new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic, which is to be built near T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson.

The community-based outpatient clinic will cover as much as 44,238 square feet on 12 acres beside the high school, near an obstacle course that can be seen from S.C. 81.

The two-story building will include areas for rehabilitation, primary care, mental health services, radiology, audiology and prosthetics.

The new VA clinic will accommodate more patients and offer more services than Anderson’s existing one, which is about two miles from the Hanna site.

The existing clinic is about one-fourth the size of the new one planned, and serves about 5,000 patients annually.

In past public meetings hosted by the VA, patients raised concerns about trouble finding parking at the existing clinic. Preliminary designs for the new clinic included increased parking and some spaces intended to accommodate buses.

Veterans Affairs began a site-selection process for the new Anderson clinic after an announcement in August 2010.

Officials had narrowed six possible sites down to two by the end of May 2011 and expected at that time to make a decision soon after that. Ultimately, the planned location of the new clinic was revealed in October 2012.

Several dignitaries are expected to be on hand for Friday’s ceremony, and VA workers say the public will learn more about the new clinic and how it will work.

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