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VA Plans New and Larger Clinic in the QC

Hoping to help more veterans, the V-A has announced plans to build a new outpatient clinic in the Quad Cities. It will replace the current clinic in Bettendorf that opened in 1992.

Iowa City V-A spokesman Bryan Clark says the new clinic will have 50 per cent more space so its current services can be expanded.

"Services like physical therapy, mental health services, audiology, and optometry - those services will have more space for operating, alongside our primary care functions that we also currently provide."

Clark says the Bettendorf clinic now serves about 9,000 veterans, and is at capacity. When the new clinic opens, another 24-hundred veterans will have access to its services. It will also be close to another office where the V-A offers help to homeless veterans and those with drug problems. 

The new site is on West Locust Street in Davenport - construction should start early next year, with completion expected in the summer of 2018. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.