|VA looks to lease space for new clinic in Lima|
|Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:00 PM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
The current facility, located at 1303 Bellefontaine Avenue, has been open since 2000. After an expansion in 2008 from 6,830 square feet to 8,341 square feet, the facility is now landlocked with no opportunity to grow.
The clinic served more than 29,000 veterans and had a total of 22,590 patient visits in 2013.
Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Director and CEO Glenn Costie said it’s a strategy for a great business opportunity for the Lima community and a significant asset for the veterans the VA serves.
“We would like to relocate into a newly-renovated existing structure near medical partners or collaborators,” Costie explained. “The additional space will allow for expansion in the form of a primary care team and increase our hiring.”
The state-of-the-art healthcare clinic will provide personalized, proactive, patient-driven healthcare and improve patient access by adopting eHealth technologies and aligning specialty-care services supporting Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs).
The clinic will maintain dedicated Telehealth rooms which will allow veterans to receive health care closer to home at a community- based outpatient clinic, main hospital or in their home. VA Telehealth Services use health informatics, disease management and Telehealth technologies to target care and case management, improving access to care.
The services include Clinical Video Telehealth where a provider and patient speak in a real-time interaction taking place through video-conferencing equipment. Additionally, there are peripheral devices attached to computers or the video-conferencing equipment which enable interactive examinations such as diabetic eye screenings.
Contracting Specialist Timothy Hunt said the VA is looking to rent a ground floor commercial building with close to 8,300 square feet of space. He said after the solicitations go out there will be a market survey with site visits in mid-June to determine if the property meets the survey criteria.
“It will be a full-service lease — up to 20 years — and the VA will pay for all modifications,” Hunt said. “It’s efficient and works best for all involved.”
Hunt said the government is limited by law to pay no more than the appraised fair rental value for the space.
“There are variables to take into consideration,” Costie said.
Other benefits will include easy and quick access from major local roads and highways — US 30, State Route 501, Hume Road and Thayer Road —and improved parking with an additional 100 spaces.
The tentative solicitation release date will be in late May or early June and lessors will be given 3-4 weeks to prepare their proposals. The target award date is slated for Aug. 30.
For more information, interested individuals owning commercial property in the downtown Lima area can call Hunt at 937-267-7695.