If you qualify for Veterans health care benefits, then you'll be happy to learn that there is a VA Outpatient Clinic in The Villages.
The 99,000 square foot facility opened in 2010 and serves thousands of veterans that call The Villages home. Major medical procedures and hospitalization are not provided here as it is an outpatient facility.
If you need a major procedure or more specialized care than this facility can provide, you will be referred (or even transferred, if necessary) to another local facility or the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, which is only about an hour away.
Where is The Villages VA Clinic?
One downside of the facility is the location. It is located about as far north in The Villages as you can go, so if you are a newbie moving in “down south” you'll have a bit of a hike to get here.
That said, most of the older residents are in the northern part of The Villages, so it's closer for those who might need more care. The Villages has been built north to south, so a lot of the residents in the northern parts moved in a long time ago, thus they tend to be older.
Anyway, it's a nice perk having this facility right here in The Villages for those who served.
The Villages VA Clinic in the News
There's not a whole lot of crime in The Villages, but one pretty famous incident actually occurred here at The Villages VA clinic in 2016 when a 60-year old Villages resident entered the clinic armed with an AM-15 rifle, at least two additional magazines containing 26 rounds of ammo each, and a 9-mm handgun.
After confronting a Dr. in an exam room, a series of struggles ensued. The suspect’s gun was discharged multiple times, but thankfully nobody was hit. The gunman was restrained by clinic staff and patients before being arrested by police.
He was later found guilty and sentenced to up to 17 years in jail.
The Villages VA Clinic Location and Contact Information
8900 Southeast 165th Mulberry Lane
The Villages, FL 32162-5884
Main phone: 352-674-5000
VA health connect: 877-741-3400
Mental health care: 352-674-5166 x305166
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