From left, Dr. Shirley Higginbotham (Evanston CBOC primary care provider), Dr. Jeffery Murawsky (Veterans Integrated Service Network 12 director), North Chicago VA Medical Center Director Patrick Sullivan, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl cut a ribbon Oct. 19 to celebrate the opening of the Evanston Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs formally opened a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Evanston Plaza, 1942 Dempster St., in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 19.

The new facility, intended to bring care to veterans living some distance from the VA Medical Center in North Chicago, serves nearly 2,000 veterans in the Evanston region. Larger than the previous facility on Howard Street, the Evanston CBOC will now be able to offer veterans laboratory services, including blood draws and other tests.

Two full-time providers and up to ten health-care and administrative employees will staff the clinic. It will offer veterans primary care, mental health and social work services and pharmacy assistance, said Patrick L. Sullivan, director of the North Chicago VA Medical Center.

Speaking to an audience that included public officials as well as veterans, Mr. Sullivan said the new facility was ten 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 health-care 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 on behalf of the City, “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 and quality health-care services to veterans who had given service for others.