NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County will get a consolidated veterans clinic in New Port Richey, according to U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis.
Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, said the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs chose the new location of the consolidated West Pasco VA Outpatient clinic on Thursday.
The new VA clinic will be located at 7932 Little Road. It will be located north of the Pasco County Government Center and south of Ridge Road, on the east side of Little Road.
New Port Richey city officials made an unsuccessful bid to convince the VA to build the clinic on the former site of Community Hospital, on Marine Parkway, off Grand Boulevard, behind Gulf High School, most of which moved south and is Medical Center of Trinity.
Bilirakis said his office secured $11 million for the enhanced new facility in 2014. Bilirakis told the Suncoast News on Sept. 24, that he expected a decision to come shortly, and was looking forward to announcing the consolidated VA center.
The new facility will have 114,000 square feet, which is more than double the current clinic’s size. Bilirakis said the facility will offer more parking and provide expanded services so that veterans will have to travel less frequently from West Pasco to the VA’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, in Tampa.
The new outpatient clinic will consolidate five locations, including the current outpatient clinic at 9912 Little Road, New Port Richey. Bilirakis said the new facility will offer: mental health services, primary care, vision, dental, home-based primary care, MRI and CT scans, ultrasound services, X-rays, audiology, pharmacy, prosthetics, physical therapy, lab, eligibility and enrollment, release of information, and more.
“With more than 54,000 veterans calling Pasco home, our community has outgrown the current VA West Pasco Outpatient Clinic,” Bilirakis said in a statement. That clinic is on Little Road, just north of Fox Hollow Drive.
Bilirakis added: “Veterans in our community deserve access to the best possible care, which is why I have fought tirelessly for a larger, state-of-the-art facility which will better meet the needs of our local heroes. This new facility will bring added convenience for veterans.”
Bilirakis did not say when the new center will open.