The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a contract to Sterling Medical Associates, Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio, for a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Mankato, Minnesota, with a satellite clinic in St. James, Minnesota.
Sterling Medical currently operates eight VA clinics throughout the nation. The company will provide comprehensive primary care to veterans in South Central Minnesota. The contract also requires that the clinics include space for VA-provided mental health services, health promotion, disease prevention,Telehealth services and health education.
The five-year contract is valued at $10.6 million. The Mankato clinic will be located at 1961Premier Dr. The satellite clinic will be located at 1212 Heckman Ct, St. James, Minnesota. The clinics are expected to open in April 2011.
More than 2400 veterans will be served by the two clinics.
Presently, the VA contracts with St. James Medical Center/Mayo Health System for a primary care clinic in St. James. Since 2008, the VA has provided mental health services in Mankato. VA staff will continue to provide mental health care.
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS) will have oversight over the contract clinics. The Minneapolis VAHCS currently manages staff clinics in Maplewood and Rochester, MN, and contract clinics in Hibbing and Cook, MN, and four VA-staffed clinics in Superior, Rice Lake, Hayward and Chippewa Falls, WI.
“Community-based medicine is good medicine,” said Peter Duane, MD, acting medical director, Minneapolis VAHCS CBOC program. “It makes preventative care easier for patients, helps health care professionals have closer relationships with their patients and permits easier follow-ups for patients with chronic health problems.”