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La Jolla resident and U.S. Congressmember Scott Peters (D-52nd) stopped by the La Jolla Community Center (LJCC) Aug. 26 to update guests on his legislative activities and field questions as part of the LJCC’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
Peters, who represented La Jolla on the San Diego City Council (2000-2008) and served as chair of the Port Commission before being elected to Congress in 2012, touched on the political climate in the nation’s capital and his working relationship with other Congressional leaders in the region.
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.