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Demolition, plans for Devils Lake VA clinic moving forward

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Setbacks have delayed the opening of a VA clinic in Devils Lake which was originally slated to start serving veterans this spring. But 10 years after the project was first announced we're finally seeing signs that the clinic will be here soon. The VA clinic will be at Mercy Hospital where demolition is paving the way for the facility to be built.

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Walls are coming down at Mercy Hospital where 2,300 square feet of space will be transformed to serve veterans. The VA clinic was first announced in 2004 but numerous stops and starts meant the project wasn't finalized until last year. Hospital president Jim Marshall says the design phase of the clinic took longer than expected. The facility was originally supposed to open in Late March or Early April. Marshall now hopes the hospital will turn the space over to the VA in July.

"We spent a lot of time with the VA to make sure that all the needs are being met, make sure that the space that was designed really worked the way they wanted it to work, and that process took about three months," said Marshall.

The tele-health clinic will provide local care, along with video link-up access to specialists at the Fargo VA hospital. A VA spokesperson says there's no specific opening date targeted for the clinic. They hope to start serving veterans by mid-summer.

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