Devils Lake hospital to open VA clinicMercy Hospital has agreed to house a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic, which will provide tele-health services from the Fargo VA hospital and part-time in-person physician care.
By: Adam Ladwig, Forum News Service
DEVILS LAKE — Mercy Hospital has agreed to house a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic, which will provide tele-health services from the Fargo VA hospital and part-time in-person physician care.
“It came up in board discussions almost ten years ago. It has been a constant hope of ours. A constant goal,” said hospital board President Brenda Langerud.
“Our veterans provided a great service to this country. And as a lot of our veterans are aging, they’re at a point in their lives where they can’t travel as easily, so a clinic in Devils Lake gives our veterans an opportunity to receive those primary care services close to home,” said hospital President Jim Marshall.
Some veterans are a bit skeptical.
Pete Padilla with Disabled American Veterans says he’s been promised a clinic four times, but each time it fell through. “You’ll excuse us for being skeptical, but we’ve heard that for 10 years, you know,”
After nearly a decade of trying to bring a VA clinic to Devils Lake, the deal almost didn’t get done. There was a deadline of Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, to sign the deal. The agreement was made with just three days to spare.
Marshall guarantees the clinic will soon open. “This will happen,” he said. “Mercy Hospital has been given a contract to build the clinic for the VA.”
The clinic is projected to open early next spring.