Grand opening event set for Carrollton VA clinic

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By Dave Taylor

The grand opening of the Veterans Administration Healthcare Center will be held July 22, 1-3 p.m. at the clinic on State Hwy. 227 in Carrollton.

The clinic is located in 10,000 square feet of renovated space at the Traderbaker Flea Market facility.

At last week’s Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting, judge executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said he has been in contact with judge-executives and other city and county officials in surrounding counties, as well as Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, and Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, to encourage them to attend the grand opening.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a lot of veterans there that day, too,” he said.

Veterans from a seven-county area – Carroll, Trimble, Gallatin, Owen, and Henry counties in Kentucky, and Jefferson and Switzerland counties in Indiana – are expected to benefit from the clinic, Dr. Lynn Speevack, a military veteran and the VA’s associate chief of staff for ambulatory care, told The News-Democrat in September.

“I understand they’ve been seeing a lot of patients from several counties around,” Tomlinson said, “and they’re seeing a lot of patients from Madison already.”

The new state-of-the-art facility offers “primary-care services, mental-health services, a pharmacist, a nutritionist and social workers on site,” according to Connie Smalley, the VA’s administrative officer for ambulatory care.

To date, there is no signage at the highway to announce the existence of the VA clinic, Tomlinson said. However, he noted, there are signs on the windows of the facility.