On Tuesday, January 28th, the El Paso VA Health Care System with the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation co-hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new South Central VA Wellness Center, the first stand-alone clinic in the area focused on mental health services for Veterans living in El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juarez.
The El Paso VA and the MCA Foundation had the honor of receiving Mr. James Bryne, the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who provided remarks and led the ribbon cutting of the Wellness Center.at the ceremony.
The 33,000-square-foot, $15 million state-of-the-art facility took just over 16 months to complete and is expected to serve about 40,000 Veterans in its first year of operation. The new facility will also free-up much-needed space in the 25-year-old, 337,900 square-foot main VA facility located next to William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
“The South Central VA Wellness Center is a crucial component to the El Paso medical community, and more importantly, it meets a critical need for our Veteran population,” said Emma Schwartz, president of the MCA Foundation. “We hope that a free-standing clinic in a beautiful facility located in the heart of a burgeoning medical center campus will help reduce the stigma often felt by those seeking mental health treatment and honor the service and sacrifice of our deserving Veterans.”