YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Veteran Affairs Northeast Ohio is opening its newest health care clinic in Youngstown next week.
It’s taken several years, but the Valley’s new outpatient clinic with the Veteran’s Administration is nearly ready to start accepting patients.
The Carl A. Nunziato VA Clinic at 1815 Belmont Ave. will open its doors to patients January 20.
The new location, less than a mile from the old one, will have about 10,000 square feet of additional space.
Friday morning, VA directors held a virtual ribbon cutting for the new facility.
It’s named after attorney and Vietnam Veteran Major Carl Nunziato, who led local efforts to bring the VA to the area more than 30 years ago after trying to get help with his own injuries.
“They said there’s 40,000 veterans in the greater Mahoning Valley. With no medical facility to take care of the veterans, we had to go to either Butler, PA, or Cleveland, which was 75 miles away,” Nunziato said.
The VA will pay about $25 million to lease the space for the next 20 years.
It’s using the extra space to enhance primary and mental health services for over 10,500 veterans every year.
The new clinic will also use VA’s Patient Aligned Care Team model, which helps patients get specialized care from a team consisting of a primary care provider, nurse care manager, clinical associate and administrative clerk.
A formal dedication ceremony is planned to be held later this spring.