Martinsburg VAMC holds Housewarming - Martinsburg VA Medical Center
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Martinsburg VA Medical Center


Martinsburg VAMC holds Housewarming

July 25, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) held a housewarming and ribbon-cutting ceremony July 25 to celebrate two newly renovated, expanded Community Living Center units.

The newly renovated and expanded Lighthouse Unit has 35 beds, with 16 designated for Hospice and Palliative Care patients. The private rooms feature flat-screen televisions with access to the internet. The renovation of the Park Avenue Unit on 5B has 16 resident beds with an open floor plan for the living space.

The Hospice and Palliative Veteran patients now have a special memory box on the outside of the doors. This memory box is a miniature display case where Veterans and their families can place special memorabilia.

Each of the newly renovated units have a new family room complete with fireplace and a full kitchen. The kitchens allow families to prepare some of their loved one’s favorite meals.  The cozy furniture and fireplace give the families a place where they can be together.

The VA has diligently worked to change its long-term care facilities from traditional nursing homes to a more home-like residence with modern amenities. 

During the event, Director Ann R. Brown thanked everyone for their hard work in this major construction project for Veterans. “You are a shining example of Heroes Serving Heroes,” said Brown.

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the medical center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 130,000 Veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the medical center operates four VA-staffed Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown, Fort Detrick, Md., and Stephens City, Va. and three contract clinics in Franklin and Petersburg, W.Va. and Harrisonburg, Va.