Vets gain access to VA clinic

Veterans can receive healthcare from Department of Veterans Affairs professionals as a new VA-staffed clinic opens in Cut Bank Dec. 10.

A dedication ceremony for the community based outpatient clinic begins at 9 a.m. at the HC Davis Elementary School gymnasium. Margaret Plain Eagle and Elsie Crowshoe, spiritual elders of the Blackfeet, will perform a Native American blessing for the ceremony. An open house will follow at the clinic, located at #8 Second Ave. South East.

The clinic was established in 2008 with services provided by and contracted with Glacier Community Health Clinic and is one of 15 VA healthcare sites in Montana.

The Cut Bank clinic provides Veterans in Pondera, Glacier and Toole counties easier access to a fully VA-staffed facility. VA officials will be available to provide a tour and answer questions from Veterans and the public about the clinic.

The Cut Bank clinic continues VA Montana’s commitment to serving a rural population including Native Americans in northwestern Montana.

Staff includes one registered nurse, one clerk and one nurse practitioner. Physicians from the Kalispell outpatient clinic rotate to serve Veterans at the site.

Veterans can receive primary care and Telemental healthcare.

The nation’s fourth largest state in land size, Montana has one of the highest per capita of Veterans in the country.

Clinics allow Montana’s Veterans to receive VA provided healthcare close to home and without having to travel to Fort Harrison’s VA Medical Center in Helena.