VA adds more weekend appointments

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 27, 2016) -  The Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center took part in the second National Access Stand Down by opening the facility on Saturday and offering additional services to veterans.

The medical center has had its primary care and mental health clinics open on Saturdays for the past year to help decrease wait times for veterans, but opened additional clinics this weekend.  The additional clinics included an eye clinic, audiology clinic and sleep disorder clinic.

“We are really looking to provide services to meet these needs to grow our capacity in different and more convenient ways," Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center Interim Medical Director Ginny Creasman said.

Creasman said offering services on Saturdays not only cuts down on appointments during the week, but also gives more flexibility to veterans.

"I mean it works out perfect for me cause coming from Terre Haute, I have three things I’m doing while I’m here," Army Veteran Mark Chandler said. "It doesn’t make it where I have to leave work and miss out on the money.”

Creasman said the medical center is always looking at new ways to decrease wait times, improve efficiency and provide a better experience for veterans.

If you're a veteran and would like to visit the VA on a Saturday, Creasman said just ask next time you call or visit.