Dayton VA gets primary care director; Lima clinic to open at new site

The Dayton VA Medical Center has appointed a former Air Force medical officer to director of primary care and a larger clinic will open next spring in Lima, the federal health agency said.

Edward P. Syron, a medical administrator, will earn the $120,900-a-year overseeing primary and home-based care outpatient services, the VA reported. He replaces Dr. Kavita Peddireddi, who served in the job temporarily until a permanent replacement was found.

Syron, who joined the VA staff three years ago, was a former chief of non-VA care coordination and a group practice manager at the medical facility.

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He’s also an assistant adjunct professor in medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, according to the VA.

Next spring, a larger VA outpatient clinic is scheduled to open at 750 High St. in Lima. The renovated 9,750-square-foot leased facility will handle a growing patient case load that has risen 10.5 percent over two years, figures show.

The new facility will have about 100 more parking spaces than the current location at 1303 Bellfontaine Ave., the VA said.

The clinic has served about 4,200 veterans and counted more than 22,000 outpatient visits within the past year, the VA reported.

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The VA also plans a $1 million expansion of an outpatient clinic in Springfield, officials announced in August. Proposals to expand on site or move to a new location were due this December. The VA has targeted an opening in 2018.

The Dayton VA Medical Center has a more than $425 million budget and employs about 2,100 employees at the medical center and four outpatient clinics in Lima, Middletown and Springfield, Ohio and Richmond, Indiana. The facilities treated about 39,300 patients in the past fiscal year, said spokesman Ted Froats.

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