Iowa City VA Health System opens new Burlington VA Outpatient Clinic

Iowa City VA Health System opens new Burlington VA Outpatient Clinic


More than 100 veterans and community members gathered Tuesday in the parking lot outside 1000 N. Roosevelt Ave. to witness a ribbon cutting ceremony of the soon-to-open Burlington VA Outpatient Clinic.

The primary care clinic, which will officially open Monday, will mean easier access to health care for southeast Iowa veterans, many of whom have had to travel to Iowa City, Quincy, Illinois, or Galesburg, Illinois, to be seen at a VA healthcare facility.

“This being right here is just going to be phenomenal,” said Rick Belville of Burlington, a veteran of both the Marines and the Air Force. 

Prior to the pandemic, Belville said, he would go to the Iowa City VA hospital three or four times a year for appointments. For every appointment since 1998, he would have to take a day off from work due to travel time.



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