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A new VA clinic has opened in Sorrento Valley to respond to the influx of veterans in San Diego County.
Officials opened the clinic Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.
The 9,950-square-foot space will provide four primary care teams and 15 exams rooms in addition to team rooms and will be able to treat 17,000 patients a year.
The new clinic was crucial to meet the needs of the burgeoning vet population, said Dr. Robert Smith, chief of staff for the VA health care system in San Diego.
Friday’s ribbon-cutting for a Department of Veterans Affairs health clinic in Sorrento Valley is expected to help shorten the appointment backlog for first-time patients, which has grown from an historical average of 19 days to 30 days for primary-care visits.
Those figures are included in a new analysis of wait times at VA clinics coast to coast. The report also shows that while established mental-health patients can see a VA health provider in less than four days, people seeking such services for the first time currently wait an average of almost 40 days.
David Williams and Angela Anderson - As hurricane season ramps up, it is more critical than ever that Congress start developing a national strategy to mitigate the impact of storms.
Today, we consistently respond to the last disaster, rather than planning for the next one. As storms, floods and other disasters grow more potent with the onset of climate change, reactive policy is simply not sustainable.
UC San Diego Extension’s Leslie Bruce, host of “The Pulse: Issues in Healthcare,” has scheduled an especially notable guest for her monthly podcast.
On Thursday, Aug. 14, at 10 am, her guest will be Rep. Scott Peters, (D-Calif.).
“Congressman Peters has been in the forefront of the national healthcare debate, both regionally and in Washington,” said Bruce, co-director of Extension’s Healthcare Delivery and Behavioral Sciences. “At a time when so much about Obamacare is changing so quickly, he’s certain to provide keen insight and perspective on the future of healthcare.”
Visiting Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is a remarkable city and the home of American politics. Whether at the peak of its tallest building—the Washington Monument—or in the depths of the Library of Congress, the city offers visitors wonderful sights that both educate and inspire. If you are planning a trip here, I hope you will have the chance to learn about our nation’s history, be awed by its beautiful monuments, and explore some of its vibrant culture.
Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced Monday, July 21 that his office has helped residents of the 52nd District secure more than $1.1 million in benefits to which they are entitled.
By cutting through red tape and helping them navigate the often complex federal bureaucracy, Rep. Peters and his district office staff have helped more than 1,000 constituents garner approximately $750,000 in due Veterans Affairs benefits, $130,000 from the Social Security Administration, and $130,000 from the Internal Revenue Service, the news release stated.
The office of Rep. Scott Peters announced Monday it has surpassed the $1.1 million mark in helping obtain benefits that San Diego residents were entitled to from federal agencies but had difficulty receiving.
Like all congressional offices, Peters’ staff includes caseworkers who assist residents having problems with federal agencies.
“One of the most important jobs that I have as a member of Congress is to help my constituents break through the bureaucratic log jam of government red tape to get the answers they’re looking for and the benefits they are due,” Peters said.