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Max J. Beilke Veterans Affairs clinic in Alexandria to move to a larger site, offer more services

The additional space enables service expansions in audiology, optometry, telehealth and mental health.

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The Max J. Bielke VA clinic in Alexandria is located at 515 22nd Ave. East. (Echo Press file photo)
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The Max J. Beilke Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Alexandria is moving.

A recent contract award of a 10-year lease will result in a new, larger facility for the clinic.

Currently located at 515 22nd Ave. East in Alexandria, the clinic will move to a new location at 410 30th Avenue East in the summer of 2022, according to the VA.

The new location is an existing building that will be renovated. The new location increases the operating size of the clinic from 9,915 square feet to 14,833 square feet, VA officials said. The additional space enables service expansions in audiology, optometry, telehealth and mental health.

"The bottom line is we are increasing the square footage of the clinic in order to better provide the clinical services our veterans require, and, for the specialty services, make them available closer to home rather than having to travel to St. Cloud," said Barry Venable, public affairs officer with the St. Cloud VA.

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Venable listed several benefits of the project:

  • Telehealth makes services more accessible and more convenient for veterans.
  • Optometry and audiology demand reflects the needs of our mostly older veteran population.
  • VA is integrating mental health services alongside physical health to promote the whole health and well-being of veterans.

The Max J. Beilke VA Clinic provides primary care to more than 2,800 veterans in central Minnesota, and offers mental health, clinical pharmacy, laboratory, nutrition services, and home-based primary care for eligible veterans.
The lease contractor for the project is Command and Control Construction LLC, of Hawley, Minnesota.

The clinic, which opened in October 2009, is named after Max Beilke whose home town was Alexandria. After graduating from Alexandria High School, Beilke served in the Army for 22 years, including combat duty in Korea and Vietnam. He was the last U.S. combat soldier to officially leave Vietnam.

Beilke was working as a civilian employee serving veterans and their families when he was killed on September 11, 2001, after an airliner hijacked by terrorists smashed into the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.

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Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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