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VA clinic closes as Memorial Day weekend begins Chuck Samples/KVOE News

The Veterans Administration's outpatient medical clinic in Emporia has officially closed.

The clinic, which offered primary care like vaccinations, behavioral health and telemedicine, closed Friday -- just before the start of the Memorial Day weekend. The closure was announced in February, shortly after area veterans were told about the move.

The VA has told KVOE News the facility did not have enough patient traffic to keep it open. The clinic averaged less than 10 appointments for the two days it was open per week, and the VA says the combination of appointments, schedules and number of local veterans available for services -- 260 at most -- led to a 49 percent efficiency rate for the clinic, below the VA standard of 70 percent.

Veterans have medical options if they were getting care at the clinic. They can get their health care services at the Topeka VA campus or other appropriate VA medical centers. If they qualify, they can also take advantage of the VA Mission Act of 2018 to receive care through non-VA providers as part of the Community Care program.

Veterans can call 785-350-3111 ext. 54348 with questions.

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