At 11 a.m. Friday, VA Montana Health Care will cut the ribbon to open its new Majestic Lane Clinic that will bring specialty services closer to home for Montana veterans in the Billings area.
Dignitaries including Dr. Robert A. Petzel, Undersecretary of Health for Veterans Affairs; U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, John Walsh and U.S. Rep. Steve Daines; and James Mariska, U.S. Army Ret., will make remarks.
Other guests will include Ralph Gigliotti, Rocky Mountain Network director; Christine Gregory, director of VA Montana Health Care; and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel.
The center, adjacent to the Spring Creek Lane Clinic will offer an array of specialty services to benefit thousands of area veterans who would otherwise have to travel to Fort Harrison, a 500-mile round trip from Billings, for surgery or other specialty treatments.
Groundbreaking of the $6.3 million facility was in October 2012. The new clinic, which triples the size of the existing clinic, is expected to serve an estimated 12,000 Veterans from Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota, about 2,000 more than are currently served.
It is designed to offer many of the services now available at Fort Harrison, Montana’s only VA Hospital. Services to be offered include audiology, mental health, outpatient surgery, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and eye care.
The expansion of Billings VA services is bringing approximately 60 new jobs; with a total of approximately 150 staff for all of VA Health Care in Billings.