Veterans in the Rim Country don't have to make long trips for basic medical services with the opening of the Payson VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.
The services provided include annual physicals and preventive services such as cancer screenings, prostate exams, Pap smears and breast exams, routine labs and X-rays, EKGs, immunizations, medication reviews, mammograms and treatment of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disease, the common cold, flu and most other ailments.
The primary care providers at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic are Dr. Mark Ivey and Dr. Amalia Pineres -- both are board certified family practitioners.
Veterans requiring specialty care will be referred by the primary care providers to the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center.
The clinic is located at 1106 N. Beeline Highway in Payson, and it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For an appointment, call (928) 472-3148.
In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center provides emergency medical services around the clock. It is at 650 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. For more information, call (800) 554-3174.
The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts also provide some services for veterans and a place to socialize.
"We try to do whatever we can for veterans," said Commander Art Stone of the American Legion Post 69.
Among these services is the Payson Military Honor Guard, which is available for funerals.
For more information, contact Art Stone at (928) 474-9439 or Commander Jim Muhr of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at (928) 474-4530.