New acupuncture/laser clinic for veterans to open in health center
In support of an innovative clinic to help local Veterans, representatives from the Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Council received a check for $1,000 from McKees Rocks Rotary.
The Pain Alleviation and Traumatic Healing (PATH) clinic will offer acupuncture and laser therapy to address the unique needs of veterans who are struggling with chronic pain issues, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“Our PATH clinic will give Veterans a non-drug option to treat chronic pain,” said Dr. Val Finnell, Medical Director of the new clinic and retired Air Force Colonel. About 60 percent of those returning from the Middle East and 50 percent of older veterans suffer from chronic pain. As many as 68,000 veterans, representing about 13 percent of the total population of veterans are currently taking opioids, according to VA data.
“This new clinic represents our commitment to give veterans and all others in our community alternatives to opioids,”said Dr. John Barczynski, chief clinical officer, “We are leveraging partnerships with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans leadership organizations in the area.”
Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Council, Inc is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that operates two sites in the Greater Pittsburgh area. The Sto-Rox Family Health Center serves the McKees Rocks and Stowe Township communities and the Hilltop Community Health Center serves the hilltop communities of South Pittsburgh.
Both sites participate in the Veterans Choice program, which allows veterans to get care outside of the VA if certain qualifications are met.
The PATH clinic is expected to open in early August of 2016.