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  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs formally opened a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Evanston Plaza, at 1942 Dempster Street, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 19. The new facility has more space than the facility on Howard Street, allowing space for laboratory services, including blood draws and other tests. 

Additionally, the clinic will provide veterans with primary care, mental health services, social work and pharmacy assistance, said Patrick L. Sullivan, director of North Chicago VA Medical Center.

Mr. Sullivan said the new facility was 10 years in the making. “Thanks to the concerted effort of many people — from our congressional representatives and VA leadership, to our Veteran Service Organizations — we’re able to bring care to the Veterans in their community.”

“With an average of 2,000 Veterans seen each year at our Evanston CBOC, it’s vital that we’re giving them the most robust healthcare that a clinic can offer,” Mr. Sullivan said. “We continually strive to be the provider-of-choice for our Veterans, and the increased capability of this CBOC helps us to do just that.” 

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said, “We’re here to honor our veterans. …To have your needs served in a first rate facility is exactly what you deserve.”

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said the facility would provide state of the art outreach to veterans and give them quality health care services after they had given service for all of us.

In the accompanying photo, from left, Dr. Shirley Higginbotham (Evanston CBCOC Primary Care provider), Dr. Jeffery Murawsky (Veterans Integrated Service Network 12 director), Mr. Sullivan, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl cut a ribbon Oct. 19 to celebrate the opening of a newly located Evanston Community Based Outpatient Clinic.