October 24, 2011
VA Pittsburgh To Break Ground For Fisher House Tuesday
Fisher Houses Provide Places to Stay for Families of Ill Veterans
Oct. 24, 2011 – VA Pittsburgh will break ground Tuesday, October 25 for a new Fisher House, a facility that allows the families of Veterans to stay close to their loved ones during their treatment.
The groundbreaking ceremonies will commence at 11 a.m. at the building site on the University Drive campus. Dave Coker, the President of the Fisher House Foundation, will deliver the keynote address.
Other dignitaries making remarks will be Terry Gerigk Wolf, Director, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System; Michael Moreland, Network Director for VA VISN 4 and John Gennaro, Deputy Director, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
The Fisher Houses are "comfort homes" built on the grounds of VA medical facilities. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease or injury.
Since the program started in 1990, Fisher Houses have provided more than 120,000 families upwards of three million days of lodging and saved them more than $100 million. There is no cost for families utilizing the Fisher House.
The Fisher House at VA Pittsburgh is slated for completion in the fall of 2012. Designtech Associates of New York, NY will serve as project architects and Metric Corporation of Boston are the general contractors.
Parking is available on-site in the garage facility (check in with the parking guard upon arrival). After the ceremony, refreshments will be served. A tent will be set up at the site of the ceremony.