Ribbon Cuttings at HVAMC
Looking toward the future, the Hampton VA Medical Center opened two new state-of-the-art facilities Nov. 18 during separate ribbon cuttings with community and military leaders, Veterans and their families and staff cheering on the way ahead.
“One of our fastest growing populations of Veterans we serve at Hampton is our Female population,” said DeAnne Seekins, director of the Hampton VAMC, during an early morning celebration opening of the facility’s new Mammography Service. “Of the nearly 40 thousand Veterans that we serve annually, nearly 17percent are Women. Because of the large population, it’s more than appropriate that the Hampton VA Medical Center was selected to stand up this mammography unit.”
Seekins said that the mammography service is projected to provide more than 1,200 mammography screenings and diagnostics annually, bringing more comprehensive health care services to women Veterans receiving their care at the facility.
“This is just great to see that this has finally come to fruition,” said Dassa Carvey of WAVES National ~ Women of the Sea Services, who proudly stood next to the new machine with her fellow women Veterans for some photos. “This is something our Veterans Services Organizations have been working and pushing for at Hampton VA for a long time and we’re thrilled!”
In the afternoon, staff hosted a ribbon cutting for the newly constructed Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Clinic Building which took place under a clear blue sky and included patriotic medleys from the U.S. Fleet Forces Band.
“With the anticipated draw-down of the military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of Veterans we serve here at the medical center is growing each day,” said Seekins. “We anticipated the influx of newly separated service members. Our goal is to be ready to provide these new Veterans with the services and health care that they are going to need to make the transition back into civilian life.”
Seekins explained that the Hampton VAMC is situated in the heart of one of the largest active-duty military communities in the country and noted it is more than appropriate that they are opening the clinic. In addition, she pointed out that the OEF/OIF/OND Veteran population at the Hampton VAMC account for more than 23 percent of the nearly 40,000 Veterans who receive the health care at the medical center.
“We are here today because past generations of Veterans found the transition from military duty to be a lone effort,” said Daniel Hoffmann, Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network director, who explained that the clinic staff will be advocates for this generation of warriors and that this newest generation of Veterans is receiving the care and assistance necessary to help set each one of them on the path for success. “This clinic is another way for a grateful nation to say ‘thank you’ to our Veterans.”
The services offered to OEF/OIF/OND Veterans are aimed at providing an entry point into the VA. The clinic staff will assist Veterans with services such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling, health care, social services and more.
“For all here today, I ask that you help spread the word that this clinic is up and running,” Hoffmann said. “Help get the word out that we are here to serve. Most importantly, help spread the word that no Veteran who has served America stands alone.”