Emery Fisher recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C. bringing some good news for Devils Lake with him.
While visiting the nation’s capital he met with both Sen. John Hoeven and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, spending quite a bit of time talking with them about veterans’ needs.
One of the major topics of conversation was the long-awaited veterans clinic promised to the community two, three years ago.
Fisher is Senior State Commander of the VFW. He said that he was very optimistic that at long last Devils Lake’s veteran’s clinic will be a reality some time later this year.
Officially called the Devils Lake, ND Primary Outpatient and Telehealth Clinic (POTC) the latest update from a congressional inquiry states that the procurement request package has been submitted to the contract office for action. Once all questions and concerns have been satisfied and the contracting office has determined they are in possession of a complete and actionable package, they will solicit proposals from at least three interested parties in the general public. They anticipate awarding this lease requirement by late summer 2013.
The Fargo VA Health Care System (HCS) has been approved to open a 20 hour a week Primary Outpatient and Telehealth Clinic (POTC) to serve veterans in the Devils Lake, ND catchment area. When established, the clinic will be open five days a week for 20 hours with two qualified nursing staff on site. Daily access to primary care, mental health and specialty services via telehealth will be provided to eligible veterans. A licensed independent VA provider will be on site, part-time, each month. Clinic hours will be expanded as necessary, in keeping with veteran’s needs and usage of the clinic.
According to a communication from the VA a complete and actionable procurement request package has been submitted to the VA contract office for the Devils Lake PCTOC. Contracting has reviewed the package, and is now working on the solicitation. Once the solicitation has been finalized and reviewed for legal sufficiency, they will solicit proposals from at least three interested parties in the general public.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, an award could come as early as August 2013, with occupancy planned in December 2013. Actual occupancy is heavily dependent upon the site chosen, and the magnitude of tenant improvements required.