A new health clinic for veterans is opening in Chehalis.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System has teamed up with Sterling Medical Associates to provide health care to veterans residing in Thurston and Lewis counties and the surrounding areas.

Services will include primary and mental health care, social work, lab and basic X-ray services. Pharmacy prescriptions will be filled in the local area with ongoing prescription medications filled by the VA.

"Veterans who currently receive their care through VA Puget Sound and live in the immediate area will have a choice of continuing their care with their current VA provider or transferring their care to the new South Sound Community Based Outpatient Clinic," said DeAnn Lestenkof, acting director for VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

The new clinic will be located in the Lewis County Mall at 151 N.E. Hampe Way, Suite B2-6 in Chehalis.

Letters will be going out soon to enrolled veterans asking if they would like to transfer their care to the new clinic. The clinic plans to see its first patients in mid-May.

Beginning Monday, veterans can contact VA Puget Sound Health Care System's centralized call center to transfer their care. Call 800-329-8387 and select option 2.

Veterans who are not currently enrolled in VA health care but would like to receive care at the new clinic can call 800-329-8387, ext. 7-6542 to request an enrollment packet. Information also is available online at www.va.gov.

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