The U.S. Army Field Band supports dedication of new VA outpatient clinic

By VA Public Relations Staff
The U.S. Army Field Band

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Members of The U.S. Army Field Band perform during the dedication of a New Veterans Affairs outpatient Clinic on Fort Meade, March 25.
FORT MEADE, Md. -- Members of the Army Field Band provided musical support during the dedication of a new Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic on Fort Mead, March 25.

Due to defense budget cuts required under sequestration, the Army Field Band is focusing their efforts locally by performing educational outreach, local concerts, and support missions such as the dedication of the new VA clinic.

The new VA facility will provide more than 80,000 Veterans living in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties access to health care services.

“We’re so excited about this collaboration with the Department of Defense that will enable us to better serve the thousands of Veterans living in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties,” says Dennis H. Smith, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “It will also enable us to work together to provide a more seamless transition for service men and women who are being discharged from active duty and are in need of VA health care. This clinic is an example of our ongoing commitment to making VA health care more accessible to Veterans where they live and work.”

The 13,300- square-foot facility features 21 spacious exam rooms, one audiology booth, comfortable patient waiting areas, and state-of-the-art medical technology, including heated examination tables. Services at the Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic include general outpatient care, preventive health and education services, various medical screenings, TeleHealth services, and referrals to specialized programs and inpatient services available throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System.

“The new clinic is just seven miles up the road from my house,” says Army Veteran Sheryl Webb, a New York transplant to Maryland after being stationed at Fort Meade during her first tour of duty in her 22-year-long military career. Webb, who began using the clinic when it opened in January adds, “The clinic looks so new and shiny, it’s a joy to go there. I’m sure I’ll still have to go to the Baltimore VA Medical Center from time to time, but it’s really wonderful to have a clinic so much closer to me.”

As the first VA outpatient clinic in the country to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified, the new facility has incorporated sustainable building design elements to meet federal green policy requirements, including a geothermal mechanical system, water reduction plumbing features, low-emitting window glazing, controllability lighting and thermal systems, recycled building materials, and low emitting materials used for the building’s interior.

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