An office inside a Kenai mall is closed due to structural damage, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

An office inside a Kenai mall is closed due to structural damage, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai VA clinic closed due to structural damage

The staff was asked to evacuate last week, and appointments were canceled on Friday

The Kenai Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic is closed, due to structural instability, until further notice.

Samuel Hudson, Director of Public Affairs and Congressional Affairs for the Alaska VA Healthcare System, said last Thursday the clinic was informed of the building’s compromised structural integrity.

Hudson said the staff was asked to evacuate last week, and appointments were canceled on Friday. Appointments have been canceled until Thursday.

Hudson did not know what caused the structural damage, or if it affected other nearby businesses.

The clinic is located in a large strip mall, which is also home to the Alaska Job Center Network and a Home Gallery lighting and furniture store. The job center appeared open, while other businesses in the mall were closed, including a state office of Public Advocacy for F. Jon Iannaccone, which had a note taped on the door saying the office was closed due to structural damage.

The clinic hopes to be open again on Thursday, whether in their current office or in a new location.

“So this Thursday, hopefully, we’ll start appointments again, but there are some things to take care of to make sure things are correct and safe,” Hudson said.

Hudson said administration staff was relocated to the Kenai National Guard, where they continue to work with patients.

Veterans in need of service can visit the office in Homer, or work with the clinic to receive local primary care. In case of an emergency, veterans should call 911, and contact integrated care at 907-257-6904 within 72 hours.

Hudson said there has been no break in service.

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