VA Connecticut Healthcare System
VA breaks ground on Fisher House Connecticut
West Haven, Conn. - Dedicated to providing comfortable, supportive lodging to veterans and their families, Fisher House Foundation, along with VA Connecticut Healthcare System, broke ground April 11 on a 16-suite Fisher House to be built on the West Haven campus. The house is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
The Fisher House program provides “a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide temporary free lodging so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis.
“We are honored to have the first Fisher House in the state of Connecticut,” said Gerald Culliton, Director of VA Connecticut Healthcare System. “Our West Haven campus is the only full service inpatient VA facility in the state. The Fisher House will provide the families and caregivers of our veterans with a safe, comfortable, supportive environment while their veteran receives care.”
The Connecticut Fisher House will provide 16 private suites professionally designed and furnished to support the families of veterans, while their loved ones are receiving care at the hospital. In addition to the suites, there will be a common kitchen, laundry room, dining area, living room and space for children to play. The estimated $6 million for construction will be 100 percent donated. Once the Fisher House is completed, it will be gifted to the VA to operate and maintain in perpetuity.. This ensures no family ever pays to stay at a Fisher House.
The Friends of Fisher House Connecticut, the local nonprofit volunteer organization, has raised millions to construct the house. Currently, there are 71 Fisher Houses across the country, Germany and the United Kingdom. On any given night, up to 950 families can find refuge in a Fisher House and wake the next morning to be by their loved one’s bedside.
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 $360+ 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. www.fisherhouse.org
About VA Connecticut Healthcare System
VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995 with the integration of the VA medical centers in West Haven and Newington. VA Connecticut serves veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven campus is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level One Facility. The Newington campus is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Danbury, New London, Stamford, Waterbury, Willimantic and Winsted. Vet Centers are located in Danbury, Hartford, Norwich and New Haven. In 2016, VA Connecticut provided care to 58,675 patients with more than 50,000 inpatient days of care. Outpatient visits totaled more than 777,000. www.connecticut.va.gov