Veterans Administration in search of larger clinic in Tulare County

Veterans Administration wants to move on from their location in Tulare, into something larger and more modern

TULARE – The Veterans Administration is requesting proposals to build a new 20,000-square foot clinic in Tulare County, larger than they currently have in Tulare now. The VA clinic rents from Tulare hospital but the district does not have enough room to offer a larger building, says board president Kevin Northcraft.

“We’ve reached out to the city because we would like to keep them in Tulare,” Northcraft said. He added the VA still has three years left on their lease. city staff confirmed they are working with developers on sites in Tulare that could be remodeled or constructed for a new veterans clinic.

There are over 14,000 veterans in Tulare County. The U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.

Adventist brings on six residents at Tulare hospital

Tulare hospital will get six new resident doctors who will work at the Adventist run facility over the next few years. Hospital board president Kevin Northcraft says this is good news for Tulare since some of these student doctors may well decide to locate permanently in Tulare. Northcraft is complementary to Adventist Health’s commitment to Tulare investing $50 million in the community including the hospital and several clinics that they have opened in town.

Kaweah Health and Family Healthcare Network have pioneered resident physicians coming into the county affiliated with universities. These new docs boost the number of healthcare providers in what has been an underserved region. Kaweah Health’s six field programs are training 120 total resident physicians for the upcoming year.

Northcraft says the hospital is moving closer to starting work on the long unfinished Tower project in Tulare and is expecting to hire a project manager for the $70 million project. The Tower has been stalled now for years in part due to mismanagement by the past TDH administration.

“We’ve come a long way since then” Northcraft said. He added that Tulare hospital administration is considering moving to a construction trailer behind the hospital for their offices to be closer to the action.

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