The new Veterans Administration outpatient clinic in Ramsey has a grand opening this afternoon, appropriately on Veterans Day. It will open for business on Tuesday.
The new clinic in Anoka County was built to provide primary care, mental health care, dental care, eye care and audiology.
It’s run by the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, which also operates clinics in Hibbing, Cook, St. James, Mankato, Maplewood and Rochester.
There was a drawn out process to site the clinic, with Ramsey emerging as the winner over Elk River. It’s designed to help veterans in the area who don’t want to drive to the bigger facilities in St. Cloud and Minneapolis.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann didn’t miss the significance in the opening date, saying in a statement today:
“This 20,000 square foot, state-of-the art clinic keeps accessibility in mind. It will welcome all veterans regardless of mobility, age or injury. Whether veterans seek dental, audiology, optometry, primary care or another kind of care, our heroes will receive the very best here at the Northwestern Clinic. This clinic represents the future of veterans care in America.
“It is appropriate that the opening of this clinic occurs on Veterans Day. For nearly a century, our nation has paused, primarily on November 11, to remember our fallen heroes and show gratitude to those still living. This facility will treat and care for veterans from every generation still living, from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom. Our nation has persevered because of our veterans. This clinic is a demonstration of the commitment America has made to care for them as long as they need.”