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Sun Jun 29, 2014, 05:42 AM

Surge in patients outpaces fayetteville's VA health care's building boom

http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/surge-in-patients-outpaces-fayetteville-s-va-health-care-s/article_750e8bc5-303c-5448-99fc-ee57d5434c39.html

Surge in patients outpaces fayetteville's VA health care's building boom
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:00 am
By Drew Brooks Military editor

The Fayetteville VA Medical Center has been playing catchup for years.

A surge in the veteran population following a decade of war has stressed the system since at least 2010, when Elizabeth Goolsby took the helm of the 21-county region served by the Fayetteville VA.

In the four years since, the number of patients seen at the local VA has grown more than 10,000 to nearly 60,000 each year.

A building boom across several counties is adding new clinics, centers and offices, including significant changes to the VA's main campus in Fayetteville. But it still won't be enough.

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