Pich said a need has been identified in the Tri-Lakes area for a clinic, but to open a separate clinic requires an act of Congress. Splitting one clinical team between two satellite clinics allows the two sites to act as one clinic while hopefully meeting the needs of veterans in both communities.
Meanwhile, the search continues for a new site in the Elizabethtown area. Pich said they have narrowed the search to two sites, one in Westport and another in Port Henry, with negotiations with the property owners ongoing.
Many in attendance at the Elizabethtown meeting May 26 questioned the status of the former State Police barracks in Westport, one of the sites reportedly under consideration.
Adrienne Frank, the MVAC Caroline Manager at Stratton, confirmed the facility as one still under consideration. She said there were "some challenges" in getting it to meet federal standards and the needs of the clinic, but negotiations with the owner regarding renovations remain open.
"We will remain at Elizabethtown Community Hospital until we are ready to make a transition to the new site," said Pich , noting how ECH officials are allowing the clinic to stay there until it is ready to move.