VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
New VA clinic under construction in South Jordan
Leadership from VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, University of Utah Health, and South Jordan City donned hard hats emblazoned with VA and U of U Health’s logos and grabbed golden shovels to break ground on the new VA South Jordan Clinic on Sept. 12.
“We’re not just breaking ground. What we’re doing is ground breaking,” said Karen Gribbin, M.D., interim director and Chief of Staff at VA Salt Lake City.
The new clinic expands a partnership that dates to the conclusion of World War II between U of U Health and VA Salt Lake. The collaboration produces some of the finest trained physicians and as a result has served countless Veterans over the decades.
Navy Veteran Vernique Lynn, who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, called the partnership along with the Huntsman Cancer Institute her “triad” of lifesavers. Lynn, a breast cancer survivor and heart transplant recipient, credits the partnership and treatment received at the three facilities for saving her life not once but twice.
“We’re eager to build on our partnership with Veterans Affairs, especially if it means we can serve even more of those who have served our country,” said Mike Good, M.D., C.E.O. of University of Utah Health in a press release announcing the expanded partnership.
VA Salt Lake City is rebuilding and expanding its community clinics across the Mountain West, which offered the perfect opportunity for U of U Health to assist in bringing the new 38,000-square foot clinic to life across the street from University of Utah Health’s South Jordan Health Center.
The new clinic will serve thousands of Veterans in the southwest portion of Salt Lake County and northwest Utah County, and is scheduled to open late summer 2020.