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health care VA outpatient clinic reopens in expanded facility in Laguna Hills

Laguna Woods Globe - 4/26/2018

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community Outpatient Clinic has reopened in a larger location in Laguna Hills, at 23719 Moulton Parkway.

Services at the expanded facility - which opened Monday, April 23 - include primary care, mental health, telehealth, lab and radiology.

"We're mostly changing in size and

location, but we will be augmenting services," Richard Beam, director of public and community affairs, said.

Beam said the number of Primary Aligned Care Teams (PACT) will increase from three to four, allowing for greater access to care. The expansion in staffing will also take effect on behavioral health branches such as psychiatry, psychology and social work services.

The new center, in the building formerly occupied by Fresh & Easy, is approximately 7,000 square feet of newly remodeled space, including improved parking.

"The change in space will allow for better, more, quicker access to care in terms of clinical services being offered, the number of clinical teams available and parking," Beam said. "It will also offer space for more ?team" or "group-based' treatments for our veterans where they can engage in care and support each other in shared goals."

Additional telehealth services will make access to health care possible without the drive to the VA hospital in Long Beach, Beam said. Telehealth uses three different modalities of telecommunications technology - clinical video, in-home and mobile monitoring and asynchronous, "store-and-forward" programs - to provide patients healthcare remotely.

The new location is about 4 miles and a 10-minute drive from the former center in Laguna Hills, which is now closed. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information call 949-587-3700.


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