CONSTRUCTION - New Community Living Center - Butler VA Health Care System
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Butler VA Health Care System


CONSTRUCTION - New Community Living Center

VA Community Living Centers, formerly known as nursing homes, provide short-stay and long-stay nursing home care to Veterans who are medically and mentally stable. The mission of VA Community Living Centers (CLC) is to restore the Veteran to maximum function and independence, prevent declines in health, and provide comfort at the end of life.

Construction of VA Butler Healthcare's new CLC

Community Living Center construction  Community Living Center construction

Community Living Center internal construction  Community Living Center internal construction 

In November 2011, VA Butler Healthcare celebrated the opening of the first 30 beds in the newly constructed CLC with a housewarming party for resident Veterans and their families. A ribbon cutting ceremony also took place."Our Veterans deserve the very best,” said Sharon Boyle, Community Living Center Program Manager. “The home-like environment will make lives better for our Veterans and their families. We look forward to completing the CLC in the near future.”

CLC Ribbon Cutting/Housewarming Party for first 30 beds 

Community Living Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  Community Living Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

In July 2012, we completed the new CLC Atrium (similar to a sunroom). The Atrium is 1500 square feet of interior space, accented by four separate skylights to provide an outdoor ambiance while maintaining climate control for the Veteran residents. The outdoor garden area is approximately 1200 square feet of garden-area space accessible from the new Atrium or the CLC. 

“The Atrium provides natural light all year long for our Veteran residents to enjoy,” said Sharon Boyle, VA Butler’s Community Living Center Director. “The outdoor space has a portion of covered porch area as well as ample outdoor seating to enjoy the open air, while maintaining the secure environment the residents currently have.”

Ribbon Cutting for new CLC Atrium

Ribbon Cutting for new CLC Atrium  Ribbon Cutting for new CLC Atrium 

Two Veterans in the new CLC  The new CLC Atrium 

VA Butler celebrated the completion of four outdoor projects by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful/the Home Depot Foundation in September 2013. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful was awarded a grant from The Home Depot Foundation for its Ohio Valley Region VA. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful worked to revitalize outdoor green spaces at VA Butler Healthcare's new CLC, including the patio off the Roosevelt Room, the patio across from the Roosevelt Room, the picnic pavilion, and the green space off the atrium.

Ribbon Cutting for four outdoor CLC projects by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful/the Home Depot Foundation

Outdoor projects by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful/the Home Depot Foundation  Outdoor projects by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful/the Home Depot Foundation

U.S. Army Veteran Gary Cratty cut the ribbon  New Deck for CLC

On Wednesday June 11, 2014, VA Butler Healthcare held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony dedicating the completion of 30 newly constructed beds in its Community Living Center (CLC). The first 30 beds opened to Veterans in the fall of 2011. Construction of the 30 beds dedicated on June 11 began in the spring of 2012.

Ribbon Cutting for final 30 beds of new CLC

Ribbon Cutting for completed CLC  National Anthem at CLC Ribbon Cutting

VA Butler’s new Community Living Center houses 60 Veterans and encompass 54,000 square feet. It is designed to make Veterans feel more at home by providing them with a community setting, as well as private rooms and baths. The CLC also 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.

Completed hallway in new CLC   New CLC bedroom and memory box  

New CLC Common Area  New CLC includes private rooms and baths