Veterans in the Ardmore area who need to see a doctor will be going to a different location starting Oct. 1. The Oklahoma City Veterans Administration Medical Center plans to open a clinic in Ardmore.


Veterans in the Ardmore area who need to see a doctor will be going to a different location starting Oct. 1. The Oklahoma City Veterans Administration Medical Center plans to open a clinic in Ardmore.


Exactly where that clinic will be located had not been finalized on Wednesday.


A contract with Mercy Memorial Health Center to provide medical services for area veterans will expire on Sept. 30. Those services are currently provided at Memorial Medical Clinic, 921 14th Ave. NW, according to Shana Hammond, corporate communications for Mercy Memorial.


Stacy Rine, Oklahoma City V.A. Medical Center Public Affairs Officer, said when the contract expires, the V.A. Center will open its own clinic in Ardmore.


“We’re going to have our own V.A. staffed clinic,” Rine said Tuesday. “Starting Oct. 1st, we’ll have our own staff down there to provide that care. We’ve hired our own physician and all the other support staff that go with it to provide care for our veterans down there.”


The clinic will be open Monday through Friday, but Rine was not sure what the hours of operation would be. Patients will be seen by appointment, with some availability for walk-in patients who need to be seen, she said.


“We oversee the Ardmore clinic along with others around the state,” Rine said. “We have not finalized a location for the (new clinic) in Ardmore. We’re very close, but I can’t tell you anything other than we haven’t finalized it yet.”


The Ardmore Veterans Center on South Commerce Street is a state long-term care facility, according to Gary Robertson, administrator. In past years, the Ardmore Veterans Center provided a place for outpatient veteran medical care and the state V.A. sent a doctor to Ardmore one day a week to see patients by appointment only.


“People think a lot of times that we are a federal facility,” Robertson said. “We have people that are just traveling through stop in, walk in and want to see a doctor. We have to tell them we are a state long-term care facility. Our doctors can only see the residents here.”


Information about services for veterans in Oklahoma is available online at www.oklahoma.va.gov.