CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A groundbreaking ceremony Friday will signal the beginning of construction on a new VA hospital clinic in North Charleston.
Thousands of people move to Charleston every year and many of those people are veterans.
On Friday, the Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center is breaking ground on a new clinic that will give doctors and patients the space they desperately need.
The new 75,000 square-foot clinic is located on Rivers Avenue and set to open in 2021.
Currently, there are 18 primary care teams between the downtown and Trident locations.
Those locations will be combined at Rivers Avenue, which has the capacity to hold 24 primary care teams.
The Charleston VA is also one of the fastest growing VA hospitals in the country.
“We have just been growing rapidly for years and years and years. We have a lot of veterans that retire to this community. As we all know Charleston is growing rapidly and with that is the veteran community. With that we’re growing we’re adding new clinics we’re adding more capacity to serve more veterans so that they have better access to care as well as more convenient locations," Public Affairs Specialist Erin Curran said.
The ER and other services will still be available downtown.
“The downtown facility is not closing. We’re just kind of switching up some of the services and being able to expand. out VA is one of the fastest growing VA’s in the country. So the need to expand has been an issue for quite a while,” she said.