Official at Springfield VA clinic groundbreaking: ‘Today is an exciting day’

Philip Kirk, Dayton VA Medical Center Chief of Engineering, talks about the new Springfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic on North Limestone Street during the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Philip Kirk, Dayton VA Medical Center Chief of Engineering, talks about the new Springfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic on North Limestone Street during the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Officials broke ground Tuesday on a new clinic to serve veterans in the Springfield area.

“Today is an exciting day,” said Philip Kirk, chief of engineering at the Dayton VA. “Not only for the veterans who receive care from the Springfield VA outpatient clinic, not only for the city of Springfield, but for me, who was the engineer on the original Springfield VA.”

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Ground will be broken on the new site for the Springfield VA outpatient clinic at 2 p.m. today.

The new clinic will be located at 1620 N. Limestone St. Construction is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

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The old clinic has been located on Burnett Road since the early 2000’s, but Kirk, chief of engineering at the Dayton VA, said previously a new space is necessary to accommodate the growing veteran population.

“It shows our commitment to the Springfield community and the veterans that we serve there that we’re looking to do this,” Kirk said previously.

The Burnett location will continue to serve patients until the new location opens.

Kirk said the cost of construction has not yet been finalized, but previous Springfield News-Sun reporting estimated the cost at $1 million.

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The new location will be an expansion of nearly 3,000 square feet and will offer more examination rooms and providers, Kirk said.

Currently, the Springfield VA clinic has a staff of 34 employees, but has plans to hire more after construction has been completed.

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