Walla Walla VA to break ground on clinic, recovery unit

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WALLA WALLA -- The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center will break ground Tuesday on an outpatient clinic and residential recovery unit.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include a variety of local and federal officials.

The clinic will be a two-story, 67,000-square-foot building on the west end of the campus directly behind the old hospital building. The two buildings will be connected by an enclosed walkway. The clinic will consolidate clinical, administrative and support functions into one facility.

The 36-bed residential recovery unit will be about 22,000 square feet and in the southwest corner of the campus, and will include 12-bed wing dedicated for women's care.

"Preserving our way of life is the most important task our Armed Forces deliver for us every day," local VA Director Brian Westfield said in a news release. "Preserving the veterans' way of life should be the most important task the VA delivers every day after."

The Walla Walla VA serves approximately 65,000 Veterans in three states and 15 counties.

A hot-dog barbecue lunch will be provided immediately after the ceremony in Building 78, the VA theater.

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