Santa Fe New Mexican: New VA health center to double care for veterans

The existing Santa Fe clinic now serves 2,264 veterans, but as the telehealth expands, more veterans might come to Santa Fe from other centers. “We may hire staff to facilitate the specialty appointments by telehealth,” Armstrong said.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have all raised concerns about the quality of VA care in Santa Fe, Raton, Gallup, Las Vegas, N.M., and Taos and urged the government to raise the quality of services.

The VA has entered into a 10-year lease for the Las Soleras property with Beckner Road Equities for a total cost of $3.2 million. The lease option was chosen so the VA can reassess its space and facility needs after the first 10 years, said Armstrong.

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