Groundbreaking held for third building in Laredo

Laredo buildingA groundbreaking ceremony was held April 2 for the third building on the Regional Campus in Laredo. The building will be used as a Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic. The new clinic will be 18,464 square feet and will replace the current 10,000-square-foot facility in Laredo.


At the groundbreaking for the new VA Outpatient Clinic in Laredo are (L-R) Larry Biro, Henry Cuellar, William Henrich, M.D.and Raul Salinas.

Expected to open in early 2013, the facility will provide extended primary care services, including mental health, nutrition, women’s health, podiatry, dental, tele-health and social work services. Diagnostic capabilities will be enhanced with the addition of an in-house laboratory and general radiology room.

“It is truly an honor for the Health Science Center to be a part of this project, which will serve the men and women who have selflessly served our country – our military veterans,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, UT Health Science Center president.

“We are very grateful to the city of Laredo for donating the land for this expanded clinic. We are also profoundly grateful to U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, whose vision and effective leadership in Washington has made this day a reality by securing federal resources to build this facility. Finally, deep thanks also go to State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, who is known for her legendary dedication, passion and strong support of higher education. In 1999 she authored Senate Bill 1288, with the co-sponsorship of then-Rep. Cuellar, which created the Regional Campus in Laredo.”

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