National Fisher House Foundation Donates Facebook Portals

July 27, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic and the visitation restrictions, it becomes difficult to stay connected with loved ones and friends, especially if you are an inpatient at a medical facility.

Thanks to the National Fisher House Foundation, inpatient Veterans at the Malcom Randall and Lake City Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers have been given a valuable communication gift to stay connected by donating 4 Facebook Portals; 2 at each location.

Facebook portals serve as digital photo frames and allows a person to place video calls over Facebook messenger. Each has a 32-inch screen and comes with its own cart. As the need increases for their usage, staff will develop a schedule.

“We are grateful to the National Fisher House Foundation for this generous gift. The Facebook portals will help bring joy to inpatient Veterans during these unprecedented times” stated Mr. Thomas Wisnieski, Director, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

Veterans will need to have access or establish a Facebook account (their family members and/or friends must also have an account). VA Staff will be on hand to assist Veterans with connecting them with their loved ones. The 4 portables are available in the Community Living Centers and the Mental Health inpatient floor. Veterans and their families interested in getting connected may inquire with their Care Team.