The Salem VA clinic has increased its hours to full time from the previous two days a month, according to the clinic’s leaders. The facility is now open Monday through Friday from 8 to 4:30 p.m. for all business office and triage needs. A health care provider will be onsite on Thursdays and Fridays. As enrollment at the clinic increases, the medical center will consider whether to extend the days a provider will be onsite.

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Dr. Patricia Hall, Director of the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, which operates the Salem facility, is encouraging veterans to enroll for VA health care services; a process which can now be completed at the Salem clinic.

Earlier this year, nearly 6,000 Missourians, including about 1,600 rural veterans, signed a petition asking the clinic to serve veterans five days a week. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) and Congressman Jason Smith (R-Missouri) also advocated for an increase in the facility’s business hours. McCaskill delivered the petitions, along with a letter, to the VA’s Under Secretary of Health in Washington, D.C.

The clinic, which serves veterans in about a six-county region, will hold a public ribbon-cutting celebration on January 17 at 11:00 a.m.