Veterans in wheelchairs were part of a group touring the new VA clinic during its grand opening Sept. 26.
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New VA clinic opens on Fillmore Hill

       The new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic on the Westside's Fillmore Hill saw its first patients Aug. 18.
       A $10 million project under construction since 2012, the 76,731-square-foot, three-story facility at 3141 Centennial Blvd. greatly expands vets' medical services in the Colorado Springs area, according to VA officials.
       In the past, most medical care for vets had been provided locally at two smaller clinics, at 25 N. Spruce St. and 320 E. Fontanero Street, whose combined space was less than half the size of the new location. They are now closed; however, “we are still doing outpatient surgeries at the Air Force Academy,” noted Dan Warvi, public affairs officer for the Veteran Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
       The clinic is on an 18-acre site on the east side of Centennial, just south of Fillmore Street.
       Here are the floors on which the different services are provided:
       - First floor - MRI, CT, ultrasound and X-ray services, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), optometry, audiology, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, laboratory, compensation and pension, CWT, homeless, and the pre- and post-surgical clinic.
       - Second floor - primary care services, OEF/OIF, wound care, and MOVE classroom.
       - Third floor - dental, mental health, and substance abuse clinics.

A view outside the clinic's entrance on its first actual day of operation Aug. 18.
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       No smoking is allowed inside the building or out.
       Colorado Springs' Mountain Metro Transit has provided a bus stop for the clinic weekdays on Route 2, which starts from the downtown bus station.

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