VA Butler Healthcare held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony last week dedicating the completion of 30 newly constructed beds in its Community Living Center (CLC). VA Butler’s 60-bed Community Living Center (formerly known as a nursing home) provides short-stay and long-stay nursing home care to Veterans. The first 30 beds opened to Veterans in the fall of 2011. Construction of the 30 beds dedicated on June 11, 2014 began in the spring of 2012.
“VA Butler Healthcare has reaffirmed its commitment to Veterans of Western Pennsylvania by constructing a new state-of-the-art Community Living Center where VA Butler staff will provide compassionate, high quality care to our Veterans,” said John Gennaro, VA Butler’s Director. “The CLC is designed to make our Veterans feel at home by providing them with a community setting, as well as private rooms and baths.”
VA Butler’s Community Living Center houses 60 Veterans and encompasses 54,000 square feet. The new CLC includes two multipurpose rooms, a game room, computer room, glass-covered porch, family overnight room for relatives of hospice patients, and a spa room for therapeutic programs. The CLC’s Atrium provides natural light all year long for Veteran residents.
“The Veteran residents I have talked to are overwhelmed with excitement about moving into their new home,” said Gennaro. “Our Veterans and their families have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I speak for all of our 500 plus dedicated staff that it is our privilege at VA Butler Healthcare to care for our Veterans in a healing environment they have earned.”
VA Butler Healthcare has transformed its main campus over the last couple of years. In addition to the new 60 bed CLC, VA Butler opened a new 56-bed Domiciliary in the fall of 2012, providing residential rehabilitation in a townhouse setting for Veterans recovering from substance abuse, homelessness and behavioral health challenges.