The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that Sterling Medical Associates of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a five-year contract to operate a Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Hibbing, Minn., and an outreach clinic in Ely, Minn.
VA has notified the current CBOC contractor, Health Net Federal Services of Rancho Cordova, Calif., that the new contract has been awarded to Sterling Medical Associates. VA has operated a CBOC in Hibbing since 1998 and a satellite clinic in the Cook Hospital since 2009. The Cook clinic will relocate to Ely under the new contract.
The Hibbing CBOC under Sterling Medical will be located in the Iron Gate Plaza, 990 West 41st St., Suite 5. It will be open Monday-Friday.
The new Ely Outreach Clinic will be located at 720 Miners Drive, Ely, MN. It will be open 2-3 days per week.
The new clinics are expected to open in summer 2013. There will be no interruption of services to Veterans.
VA demographic data show a larger number of Veterans living in the Ely area. The VA sees this as an opportunity to reach out to a large Veteran population. More than 3,000 Veterans are currently enrolled in care through the Hibbing CBOC.
The contract clinics are operated under the supervision of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. CBOCs and outreach clinics provide primary care, mental health services and telehealth. CBOCs and outreach clinics do not provide urgent or emergency care.