23 Jul 2007

New Veterans Affairs clinic opened in American Samoa

9:42 am on 23 July 2007

A new Veterans Affairs clinic in American Samoa was officially dedicated yesterday

and will open to the public tomorrow.

Governor Togiola Tulafono, Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin and the Director of Veterans Affairs hospitals in the Pacific region Dr. Wiebe were among those attending the dedication yesterday.

The new clinic is located in a former U.S. Army Reserve building that has been renovated to meet VA needs.

It will have a staff of six including a physician, a mental health provider, two nurses, a social worker and a clerk.

One of the key features in the clinic will be the use of telemedicine technology that will enable patients to be seen and reviewed by providers in Samoa and Honolulu.

This will greatly reduce the need to fly patients from Samoa to Hawaii and back.