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Lovell FHCC cuts ribbon on expanded Kenosha Community Based Outpatient Clinic

August 30, 2013

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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin, helped Lovell Federal Health Care Center open an expanded Kenosha Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Aug. 29, receiving applause when he called today’s military “another greatest generation.”

Ryan spoke at the ribbon-cutting for the new medical facility at 8207 22nd Avenue in Kenosha. Referring to TV reporter and anchorman Tom Brokaw’s well-known book, “The Greatest Generation,” about WWII Veterans’ sacrifices and contributions to building America, Ryan said, “I would argue that based upon this era since 2001, since 9-11, we have another greatest generation right in front of us.

“We have men and women who have done amazing feats for world peace, for freedom for America,” Ryan said. “They have acquired new skills … experiences that are going to make them impressive individuals, that are coming and are re-assimilating back into our communities, and so it’s really exciting as you tour this facility to see a social workers room, PTSD, exam spaces, psychiatric and physical health.

“That’s the complete person,” he said. “That is what helps us guarantee that this generation of men and women coming out of the field into our communities will be the greatest generation leading us forward, and it’s because we have this great integrated team here, and because we have great facilities like this … our Veterans deserve this.”

Ryan highlighted the fact that the Kenosha CBOC is part of Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Ill., the first and to date only integration of medical services between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Lovell FHCC Director Patrick Sullivan noted Ryan’s role in opening the original Kenosha CBOC more than a decade ago to provide medical care for Veterans in an underserved area between Milwaukee and Chicago.

“I remember when we opened the first Kenosha CBOC not far from this location, and with us at that ribbon-cutting was a relatively new congressman, Paul Ryan, who was instrumental in helping establish the first Kenosha CBOC,” Sullivan said.

“I am proud to see the growth of our Kenosha clinic, now moving into this new, larger, patient-centered facility,” Sullivan said. “Here, we can provide more services to our Veterans, ensuring we continue to provide them the health care they have earned in a convenient location.”

Visitors had a chance to walk through the new approximately 8,000-square-foot space and see new features including two sound booths for audiology services and computer rooms that will allow for expanded Telehealth services such as Teleretinal care and Telediabetes clinics.

Telehealth services bring medical care closer to home for Veterans, allowing them to receive services such as pre-colonoscopy consultations in a local CBOC instead having to travel to the main hospital in North Chicago, Ill.

Nearly 1,700 Veterans annually use the Kenosha CBOC, and that number is expected to grow by 23 percent in the next two years. The new facility has twice the number of exam rooms and is staffed by two full-time doctors as well as clinicians, social workers and counselors, and part-time providers. The clinic will continue to provide primary care, women’s health services, phlebotomy and pharmacy services, as well as PTSD and other mental health care.
Kenosha Alderman Scott Gordon said the CBOC has been “an asset” to Kenosha from day one. “This larger facility will serve Kenosha patients well,” he said at the ribbon-cutting. “We feel very fortunate that our local Veterans, true Kenosha heroes, are able to receive such high quality care, right here in their home town.”

About the Lovell FHCC: The Lovell FHCC was established Oct. 1, 2010, as the nation’s only fully integrated Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense federal health care center. The center has a dual mission of caring for Veterans and ensuring the medical and dental readiness of U.S. Navy recruits and sailors serving in the region. Lovell FHCC, which is located in North Chicago, operates four Great Lakes Naval Station clinics and three community based outpatient clinics in McHenry and Evanston, Ill. and Kenosha, Wis. The facility also serves military families and retirees.
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