Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
New McCurtain County Clinic Coming Soon
A new Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) is scheduled to open soon in McCurtain County that will serve approximately 1,300 Veterans in the southeast Oklahoma area in the first year.
The 7,000-square foot facility will be located at 903 SE Washington St. in Idabel, a former Walmart store, and will provide a full range of onsite and tele-health services for Veterans to include primary care, mental and behavioral health, laboratory, and women’s health services.
The new McCurtain County CBOC will be part of the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS), but will be operated by STG International, Inc. (STGi). In February 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded STGi a contract to build, operate and staff the clinic.
STGi has a proven track record at providing high-quality patient-centered primary care and medical staff services to VA CBOCs since 2006.
“STGi has a very extensive background working with active duty military as well as the VA,” said Elham Ramirez, Program Manager for STGi CBOCs. “Our focus is to give the Veterans the best service we possibly can. A lot of that is demonstrated in how we are building the clinic. You will see the quality of our equipment and the quality of our staff. We have hired the best of the best we can find in the local community and a lot of our staff are Veterans themselves.”
Along with providing a comfortable and inviting environment within the new clinic, STGi is committed to impacting the local economy.
“In the construction of the clinic, we have found local subcontractors to come in and do the work in the clinic,” said Jeff Bell, Chief Operating Officer for STGi and an Army Veteran. “We kept as much work as possible within the McCurtain County area so that we’re supporting the local economy.”
However, the biggest impact will be improving access to health care for Veterans. To notify Veterans of the new CBOC, STGi mailed letters to Veterans and invited them to attend a Town Hall meeting on June 7 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, McCurtain County Campus.
Approximately 200 people attended the Town Hall meeting including Air Force Veteran Kenneth Jones, who lives in nearby Valliant, Okla.
Jones has received health care at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee for more than 15 years. With the new McCurtain County CBOC only 25 minutes from his home in Valiant, Jones said he intends to switch his primary care team to the new CBOC once it opens.
“It’s going to be a good thing, because it’s a lot closer,” said Jones. “Muskogee is a good three-hour drive. I’m not unhappy with VA other than the distance. I have received a lot worse service in the private care than I have with the VA.”
Prior to the opening of the clinic, Veterans in southeast Oklahoma will receive a letter with instructions on how to transfer their care to the McCurtain County CBOC.
Veterans not enrolled for VA health care can visit https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/ or can call 1-888-397-8387, ext. 1535 to speak with VA staff in the EOVAHCS eligibility office.