More than 10,000 veterans in Centre County may be eligible for services at the James E. Van Zandt Veterans Outpatient Clinic in State College, as well as at the medical center in Altoona, which offers more intensive treatments. Services also are available in surrounding counties, including Clinton, Mifflin and Huntingdon.
Presently serving about 4,000 patients a year, the State College clinic is located at 3048 Enterprise Drive in Cato Park in Ferguson Township, but the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to build a bigger facility off Clyde Avenue in College Township.
With a projected 13,000 square feet of space, the new clinic will be able to offer more specialty services as well as primary care. According to the VA, the clinic also will be equipped for telemedicine to provide care at a distance.
Construction is expected to start later this year, with an anticipated opening in the fall or winter of 2015.
Based on information from the VA, here are details on the current outpatient clinic:
Address/phone: 3048 Enterprise Drive, State College, PA 16801; 867-5415
Services: Behavioral health, laboratory services, nutrition services, preventive care, primary care, social work services, tobacco cessation, prescriptions.
Eligibility: Veterans who have filed a 10-10EZ application for medical benefits and who meet certain financial thresholds; all returning Pennsylvania National Guard and Reserve service members for five years after returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom.