COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- The Veterans Affairs Clinic in Coeur d’Alene is expanding and moving into a brand new location.
Clinic leaders said the new clinic would be able to provide better medical care. They are also able to see more veterans, which should help cut down on wait times.
Local Veteran Wayne Syth said the opening could not have happened soon enough.
“It’s going to be good for the vets that come in here and get taken care of,” said Syth.
The clinic is moving out of its old facility on North Ironwood to the new one on West Emma. Syth will be the first to tell you that while the quality of care was good, the VA needed more space.
“The rooms were so small. And I can’t believe they were that small,” said Syth.
The new $1.8 million clinic has 16 exam rooms and space to support providers and specialists. There is even technology where specialists from out of state can be brought in using video chats.
The expansion comes at a critical time for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Investigators are scrutinizing lengthy wait times and back logs at VA Medical Centers across the nation.
VA leaders in the Inland Northwest said they have had that in mind while opening the new facility.
“What we’ve done locally is we’ve really looked internally to make sure that we’re maximizing the number of visits that we can provide within our walls,” said Ron Johnson, the Associate Director of the Spokane VA Hospital.