On Friday, June 29, 2012 The Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Cleveland VAMC) held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate new construction of a new Multi-Specialty Clinic in Mansfield, OH. The ceremony was well attended by Veterans, Community Leaders and Cleveland VAMC employees. With high temperatures the ceremony was brief, but spirits were high. Cleveland VAMC Associate Director, Darwin Goodspeed lead the event as Master of Ceremonies. "This is a time for remembrance, reflection and respect," Goodspeed said. "We honor them [Veterans] best by providing the services that they deserve." Mansfield Mayor, Tim Theaker spoke with excitement regarding the new clinic and positive economic impact to the area. David Howard, Representative from Senator Sherrod Brown’s Office commented on the Senator’s excitement for the new clinic and the Cleveland VAMC’s efforts to provide access to high quality healthcare for Veterans.
"This is a time for remembrance, reflection and respect, we honor them [Veterans] best by providing the services that they deserve."
The new Mansfield Clinic will be approximately 25,000 square feet of newly constructed space without the physical separation constraints of the current clinic. The new expanded clinic will increase access, enhance services, and provide high quality healthcare to the more than 7,000 Veterans. It will employ 100 people in total, adding 30 new jobs to the Mansfield area. In addition to current services at the Mansfield clinic, the new clinic will provide the following new services: Physical Therapy, Spinal Cord Injury services for Home Based, Primary Care, a standalone pharmacy and an Optical Shop.
A bill has been approved by Congress to name the clinic after Private First Class David F. Winder, a 23-year-old solider from Mansfield who died in Vietnam in 1970 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1974. The clinic's official name will be the "David F. Winder Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic".