Butler VA Health Care System
The new Community Living Center
November 23, 2011
VA Butler Healthcare recently celebrated the opening of the first 30 beds in the newly constructed Community Living Center (CLC) with a housewarming party for resident Veterans and their families. A ribbon cutting ceremony also took place with VA Butler Healthcare’s Acting Director Mr. David Cord, VA’s Network Director (VISN 4) Mr. Michael Moreland, VA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Macpherson, Veterans, and employees present.
“In VISN 4, we provide state-of-the-art medical care to Veterans,” said Mr. Michael Moreland, FACHE, VISN 4 Director. “VA Butler Healthcare has been caring for our Nation’s heroes since 1937. I am proud of their rich history and the exciting future that this new construction and modernization will provide to those who are served in our new Community Living Center.”
VA Butler’s new Community Living Center (CLC) will soon house 60 Veterans and encompass 54,000 square feet when completed. It is designed to make Veterans feel more at home by providing them with a community setting, as well as private rooms and baths.
Army Veteran Domenic Digiammarino was one of the Veterans to move into the new CLC this week. “It doesn’t even feel like a hospital, it feels like a big hotel,” said Domenic. Domenic has been at VA Butler’s CLC for well over a year now, and in comparison to his former bedroom he said, “I have a lot more room now and it feels homier.”
The completed CLC will also include 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. Construction is currently taking place for the CLC’s Atrium (similar to a sunroom) that will provide natural light all year long for Veteran residents.
“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.”
The CLC is just the first of two new construction projects at VA Butler Healthcare since it opened 1937. Construction is also progressing on VA Butler’s new Domiciliary, including a new gazebo for outdoor activities. Completion is expected in late spring of 2012, and when finished, will provide temporary housing for up to 56 Veterans, including women Veterans (for the first time ever!). All Veterans in the new Domiciliary will have a dining area, kitchen, laundry room, and furnished bedrooms and bathrooms.