Oklahoma medical center VA is moving forward with plans to open a new VA clinic in Wichita Falls and they’re now talking about the location.
2600 central freeway is the new home and it is expected to open this summer. Officials said the extra space will help them see more patients and provide services not offered for veterans in Wichita Falls like hearing tests and eye exams.
“Now we don’t have [any] eye exams. Diabetes: we have to a point,” Ambrosio Barboza, disabled Navy veteran, said. “No hearing aids.”
Wade Vlosich, Oklahoma City Medical Center Director, said this clinic will now have the space to offer additional services but some veterans say they heard it all before.
“New people, same smoke,” said Barboza.
Vlosich announced the new clinic this summer at a veterans town hall meeting in Wichita Falls and since then it has been a numbers game.
“We have been working with our contracting officer and the contractor to negotiate the prices for the subcontractors that will be coming out to renovating the clinic so those prices have now been finalized and now we are waiting to get all the pricing over to the contractor,” said Vlosich.
The project is moving forward on schedule and as planned for the growing veteran community.
“Right now, we are actually looking at hiring an additional nurse practitioner or pay to help with the clinic workload volume continues to increase,” said Vlosich. “Over this last month alone we have seen over 105 new patients and first-time users to the Wichita Falls clinic.”
The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce has signed the lease on new, highly-visible location on the first floor of the Hamilton Building in the former Benchmark office at the corner of 8th & Lamar.
Chamber CEO Henry Florsheim made the announcement at a special event on Friday, November 8th in the new space at 900 8th Street, Suite 100. This location will provide more office space, a larger boardroom, and a more welcoming lobby and entrance. Renovations will begin soon and Florsheim expects the move will take place during the first quarter of 2020.
The Chamber first moved to the Hamilton Building in 1962, but was hidden on the second floor with no visibility. Over the past few years, it became evident to the Board and CEO that a more visible location in a high traffic area would better benefit the efforts of the Chamber, provide easier access to business community, and be more welcoming to visitors.
“During my very first interview for this job back in the middle of 2013, I expressed a concern about the lack of visibility of the Chamber. Since moving here I’ve found that many Wichitans who have been here their entire life have no idea where the Chamber is located. That needs to change, and now we can make it change,” said Florsheim.
WPT Power Corporation has received a SHARP award from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This is the third time the Wichita Falls, Texas manufacturing facility has earned the SHARP recognition, which is given to small to medium-sized employers with exemplary safety and health management practices.
“The safety and well-being of our employees, customers or anyone who enters our facilities is most important,” says Roger Gardea, Safety Coordinator. “We are very pleased to be recognized for our team’s dedication to a safe work environment,”
With the growth of competitive gaming in Wichita Falls, it’s no wonder some local businesses are capitalizing by offering gaming spaces. More businesses are opening their doors to competitive gaming like The Deep End and Maniac’s Mansion in Wichita Falls.
Local player Ryan Puente has been involved in the scene for years. He’s competed in tournaments in Lawton and the Metroplex but is glad more local opportunities are growing.
I love it, it’s about getting that gaming community together that’s been my main push through all this. Seeing new faces out there and more competition, because I’m tired of driving to Dallas just to get my butt kicked out there.”