Veterans who receive care at the Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Maxwelton, WV will have to travel to Beckley for care. Starting on Monday, April 13, 2015 appointments at the CBOC will be handled by the VA Medical Center in Beckley for an “undetermined time frame.” The VA made the decision to move the appointments after results came back from air quality testing by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In addition to the testing, a number of employees were continuing to report issues with air quality.
According to a release from the VA, air levels of formaldehyde in parts of the clinic measured by the NIOSH on March, 26 were at 0.017 parts per million (ppm). That is above the recommended exposure limit of 0.016 ppm.
“The safety and health of the Veterans, their families and our staff remain our foremost concern,” said Beckley VAMC Director, Karin McGraw. “The Beckley VAMC is committed to the Veterans served at the Greenbrier County CBOC and will explore all options available to determine a viable and speedy resolution. Information will be shared as the process unfolds.”
Veterans will be notified of the change in location to the Beckley VAMC for their scheduled appointments. Veterans who have questions can call their CBOC staff at 304-255-2121. Eligible Veterans who were reimbursed mileage to and from the CBOC will be reimbursed for mileage to and from the medical center.