Cayuga County veterans seek answers about new Auburn outpatient clinic at forum

Voices were raised and questions were answered at a forum on the upcoming new Auburn-based outpatient veterans clinic.

Over 150 people attended the forum at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn Tuesday.

The Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center recently picked Virginia-based health clinic STG International to be the provider for an Auburn clinic over Auburn Community Hospital, which has held the clinic contract for over 20 years. The new outpatient clinic will be set up at the former Rite Aid pharmacy at 47 E. Genesee St., with a targeted May opening.

STG International was chosen as part of the established Department of Veteran Affairs federal solicitation and award selection process. Contracts for VA clinics are competitively bid every five years as a part of the process.

With about 10,000 square feet of space, about twice the size of the current facility, the new building will be designed to provide patient privacy and expanded services, including mental health, health and diet. The VA has said the Auburn hospital will continue to operate the current clinic during the transition and services for veterans will continue without interruption.

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