On Monday, February 27, 2012 The Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s (Cleveland VAMC) Parma Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinic opened. Susan Fuehrer, Medical Center Director, was on site to greet and welcome patients to the new clinic.
A brief ceremony was held to celebrate the clinic’s opening. During the ceremony, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) presented replacement medals to three World War II Veterans. Of the three WWII Veterans, two are deceased and their families accepted their metals. Eugene F. Kovach, one of the deceased, received a purple heart with a bronze oak leaf cluster representing his service in the Army in Africa, Italy and France. Irving Howard Kramer was the second deceased Veteran. The third Veteran, Henry Zupancic, accompanied by his family, was able to receive his medals in hand. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) was also on-site and gave special remarks of support to the Parma Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinic.
Since the recent consolidation of the Cleveland VAMC’s Brecksville Campus, Veterans in the Southern and Western Cleveland suburbs have had difficulties commuting to the Wade Park campus. The Parma Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinic brings VA health care closer to these Veterans. The City of Parma and local Veterans have been very welcoming and grateful of the new clinic. At the groundbreaking of the clinic in 2010, a very thankful Veteran proudly held a sign that read “if you build it, we will come”. This act of kindness seems to be a tradition. A Parma resident was appreciative enough to welcome everyone to the clinic opening day by standing outside with a sign that read “God Bless America, Thank you VA!”
The new clinic offers full complement of outpatient services including Primary Care, Optometry, Podiatry, Mental Health, Women’s Health, Pharmacy, Cardiology and Neurology with plenty more. Operating hours are weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding all federal holidays. The clinic is expected to bring in more than 20,000 unique Veteran patients, with more than 125,000 outpatient visits per year.
The Parma Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinic will open its doors to interested Veterans and the general public for an Open House on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour clinic areas and speak with Cleveland VAMC representatives on eligibility, enrollment and several health care services.