Starting Monday, military veterans in the Coastal Carolina region will be able to seek medical treatment closer to home. The new Wilmington Health Center, located next to the airport, will enhance and expand health care for as many as 18,000 veterans.
Veterans requiring specialty treatment falling outside the capacity of smaller outpatient clinics in Wilmington and Brunswick County endure long trips to Fayetteville to receive care. Fred Roche, the administrator of the new Wilmington Health center, says much of that travel time will now be alleviated.
“With the health care center we will be able to add additional primary care teams and mental health services, so we should be able to ease the access services to veterans in this area to health care that they have earned by serving their country.”
The $25 million facility will house new specialty services such as day surgeries, a prosthetics department, imaging services like radiology, CT scans and MRIs, and a separate clinic devoted to women’s health. Roche says most of the veterans accessing services in the region are from the Vietnam-era, and that Southeastern North Carolina is home to one of the fastest-growing veteran populations in the country.