ACV Dev. Corp. and Clarion Hospital Considering Filing for Injunction Against Butler VA’s Plan to Move Clarion County VA Outpatient Clinic

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ACV Medical Center and VA Outpatient Clinic

Since 2005, under contract with Butler VA Healthcare, Clarion Hospital has operated a veteran’s clinic at the A-C Valley Medical Center in Foxburg, Pa. The Allegheny-Clarion Valley Development Corporation, a community development organization, constructed and maintains the building and the Hospital provides the staff addressing the health needs of veterans from the four adjoining counties. The VA contract for the clinic and services was set to expire on March 31, 2015, so the contract renewal was put out for bid in July 2014. During this bid and review phase, many of their bidding practices invite the need for close scrutiny.

According to a hospital spokesperson, the contract was supposed to be awarded mid-January to mid-February, but VA hasn’t yet announced the award. A major provision of the bid document requires the clinic to be open 90 days from the date of award of contract. However, VA has just signed a five month extension to keep the Foxburg clinic operational. That would mean this contract bid process will take more than a year before a new clinic is operating. Clarion Hospital went through a similar bid process five years ago and the process was completed in four months.

“Under advisement from counsel, the A-C Valley Development Corporation and Clarion Hospital are considering their options with respect to a Federal Court injunction to not only halt the VA’s plan to ultimately move this clinic, but also keep the existing clinic operating at its current location while a thorough review is taking place”, said Walter Frint Executive Director of the Development Corporation.

Over 1,000 veterans using the Foxburg clinic deserve the best care available from a qualified staff that has met their needs for more than 10 years. There is an additional 10,000 sq. ft. of space available if VA wants to expand their services. The community raised over $1.5 million through public and private financing to construct and maintain the building housing the clinic deserves to be considered in the VA’s decision process.

On April 7, 2015 there will be a friendly invasion of veterans and members of the community opposing the Butler VA Healthcare selection process and plan to relocate veteran’s services. Veterans, family members and interested citizens are encouraged to attend this event at 11 AM at the A-C Valley Medical Center, 855 Route 58, Foxburg, Pa. 16036. Federal and State elected officials serving the region have also been invited.

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