IDAHO FALLS, ID.  (AP)  —  A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic is opening in eastern Idaho with the capacity to treat three times more patients than the region was previously able to care for.

Tim Huhtala, the regional head of primary care services for Veterans Affairs, told the Post Register that Idaho Falls had the largest demand for patients to get into VA care. About 850 veterans are enrolled in care clinics in nearby Ammon, and another 736 veterans are on the waiting list.

Once the new Idaho Falls clinic is fully staffed and operational, it will have the ability to treat 3,000 patients. At that time the Ammon facility will close.

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