New Fisher House Breaks Ground at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
March 27, 2015 (North Las Vegas, NV) – Fisher House Foundation, which provides comfort homes for military and Veterans’ families, is expanding to Nevada. On Friday, March 27, 2015, Fisher House Foundation broke ground on a new Fisher House for military families to support a loved one hospitalized for wounds, injuries, or illnesses. Fisher House Foundation Chief of Staff Mary B. Considine and Acting Medical Center Director William Caron, FACHE joined Congressman Joe Heck, Congresswoman Dina Titus, and Congressman Cresent Hardy, and community supporters to officially commence construction.
“We are proud to build the first Fisher House in the state of Nevada,” said Ms. Considine. “As we continue to focus on the long-term needs of our Veterans, the expansion of the Fisher House program at VA hospitals becomes more invaluable with each passing year.”
“It will offer Veterans and active duty military personnel peace of mind as they are recovering from illness, disabilities or medical crisis,” said William Caron. “It will be a safe haven for the families of America’s heroes at no cost.”
The new 13,000 sq. ft. Fisher House will join the network of over 60 existing Fisher Houses throughout the country and in Europe. The 16-suite home will offer welcoming common areas including a well-appointed kitchen; large communal living, dining and family rooms; and patio.
The Nevada Military Support Alliance has taken a dynamic role in supporting the construction of this new Fisher House. Their stewardship inspired generous support from community leaders such as the Alfred Mann Foundation, Bigalow Aerospace, the Engelstad Family Foundation, Heather & Jim Murren, MGM Resorts International, and the NV Energy Foundation
This new Fisher House will open in 2016 to Veterans’ families.
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 $282 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.
About VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) is part of the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22), which includes facilities located in Long Beach, Loma Linda, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California. VASHNS provides outpatient and inpatient medical services to Veterans residing in Southern Nevada with an official catchment area of Clark, Lincoln, and Nye Counties. VASNHS also draws Veterans from Arizona, Utah, and California.
VASNHS is geographically dispersed within the metropolitan Las Vegas area, Henderson, Pahrump, and Laughlin Nevada. Primary and Specialty Care services are disbursed among several clinical sites strategically located within each corner of the Las Vegas valley including the Northwest Primary Care Clinic (PCC), Northeast PCC, Southwest PCC, and Southeast PCC. A Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Pahrump provides rural health care to Veterans residing in Nye County. A Laughlin Rural Health Clinic that opened February 2, 2015 provides Primary Care services to rural Veterans in the Laughlin and Bullhead City, Arizona area.
VASHNS maintains a joint venture with the Department of Defense, 99th Medical Group, at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center (MOFMC). The MOFMC is utilized as VASNHS’s first choice before sending Veterans to the community. VASNHS and DoD maintain an active Joint Venture Executive Council and chartered a number of Joint Venture Workgroups to refine VA/DoD systems and operationalize future joint venture sharing opportunities.
VASNHS also maintains a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) for homeless and at-risk Veterans and a Veterans Recovery Center (VRC).