The United States Department of Veteran Affairs is opening a new telehealth clinic in Cheyenne, Wyoming, reports the Associated Press.
The clinic will be a subsidiary of the Cheyenne Veteran Affairs Medical Center, an institution that has served the central Wyoming veteran community since 1934. The new clinic will provide patient care primarily through the use of video conferencing - a major advantage for many veterans and older patients, especially in a rural area such as Wyoming, where a drive to the hospital may take hours, not minutes.
The clinic is located in the town of Rawlins, Wyoming, which is slightly farther than a two-hour drive from Cheyenne proper.
The Cheyenne Veteran Affairs Medical Center also operates three smaller, community-based clinics in the Rockies - one in Fort Collins, Colorado; one in Greeley, Colorado; and another in Sidney, Nebraska. The three other clinics have yet to incorporate video conferencing equipment and telehealth technology.
The center provides care to more than 68,000 veterans living in the tri-state area comprised of Wyoming, northeastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska.