A Second Fisher House Opens in the Bay Area
Palo Alto, Calif. [Feb. 16, 2019] – A new Fisher House in the Bay Area was dedicated today by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Acting VA Deputy Secretary James Byrne, Dave Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation,and Thomas J. Fitzgerald III, Director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. This is the second Fisher House at the Palo Alto medical complex, a Level One Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center that provides intensive specialized and comprehensive rehabilitation care for military and veterans.
This home will provide lodging for an additional 20 families of veterans and military at no cost, allowing them to be close to their loved ones at the most stressful time – during their hospitalization at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. This will bring the total number of available nights of lodging at Palo Alto to 40 a night. Savings to military and veterans’ families will be more than $3.387 million a year.
A Fisher House creates an instant community for its residents, united by their common mission of supporting a sick or injured loved one, but also provides each individual with a secure and private refuge after a long day at the hospital to rest and recharge.
“Fisher Houses are built on partnerships. And partnership begins with community,” said Dave Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation. “My deepest thanks to the organizations and individual donors, as well as the staff and veterans of VA Palo Alto Health Care System, who made today possible. It’s what we do together that makes the greatest impact. Thank you for being part of that solution and your support to our military, veterans and their families.”
The new 20-suite, 16,000+ sq.-ft.“comfort home” joins the original Fisher House opened in 2006. Like the first one, this Fisher House will be gifted to VA as part of today’s ceremony.Each bedroom suite comes equipped with a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom. Common areas include a spacious kitchen, large communal living, dining and family rooms, laundry room and patio.
“Family support is an important part of the rehabilitation process. Having two homes now allows even more opportunity for us to provide a place for the families of our Veterans to rest their head without worrying about the financial or logistical burdens of hotels,” said Thomas J. Fitzgerald III, Director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. “We cannot stress enough the importance of our partnership with the Fisher House Foundation that made all of this possible.
Construction of this Fisher House was supported by: The Otellini Family, The Monks of Monastery, Northern California Friends of Fisher House, SAP Public Services, United Airlines, General Peter and Lynne Pace, The Listeners of Armstrong and Getty, Oath, Samsung Electronics America, Team Fisher House Fundraisers, Vehicles for Veterans, Anonymous Donors,and the many gifts of a grateful nation.
“VA values the consistent support of the Fisher House in helping us to keep the nation’s promise to our veterans,” said Acting VA Deputy Secretary James Byrne. “This dedication is opening doors and providing comfort to veterans and their families during a time in need – we are thankful to say it’s their home away from home.”
About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $400+ million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore, Calif. Also, there are seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, Sonora and Fremont, Calif. These nationally-recognized facilities provide award-winning medical care and cutting-edge technology. Along with its academic affiliate at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the more than 6,200 staff and volunteers operate nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, showing its more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans that they are “Serving those who Served.”