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Veterans Affairs Opens New Health Care Clinic In Helena

 Fort Harrison VA Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Clinic in 2010
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Fort Harrison VA Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Clinic in 2010

The Montana Veterans Affairs Health Care System opened a new primary care clinic in Helena Tuesday.

The new clinic at Fort Harrison VA Medical Center will serve about 5,000 veterans living in the Helena area, according to a VA press release. The release said the facility came with a $12 million price tag and the roughly 20,000 square feet clinic will provide primary care, mental health treatment and virtual appointments.

The clinic follows the VA’s Patient Aligned Care team model, or PACT, that brings mental health and medical professionals together at one location to treat a patient in a private room instead of sending a patient from office to office.

According to the VA press release, this is the third clinic the Montana VA has built around the care model since last summer. The Biden Administration's new Secretary of Veterans Affairs is scheduled to stop by the new clinic on Wednesday.

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Kayla Desroches reports for Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and stayed in the city for college, where she hosted a radio show that featured serialized dramas like the Shadow and Suspense. In her pathway to full employment, she interned at WNYC in New York City and KTOO in Juneau, Alaska. She then spent a few years on the island of Kodiak, Alaska, where she transitioned from reporter to news director before moving to Montana.
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