Month: August 2016

New Veterans Care Center planned for Virginia Beach will be the first of its kind in Hampton Roads

The Virginian Pilot – Mary Beth Gahan

In 2014, Del. Chris Stolle presented a plan to council members to bring a long-term nursing care center for veterans to Virginia Beach. All they had to do, he said, was support it by providing land.

The council voted a few months later to set aside up to 25 acres for the project.

It was an important step in the process of bringing the facility to Hampton Roads, Stolle said Friday. It certainly wasn’t the last one.

Two years to the day after he pitched the idea to the council, Stolle stood by as Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the city’s selection as a site for a Veterans Care Center, which will be built near the Municipal Center and Kellam High School.

“Our veterans have taken care of us,” Stolle said. “It’s time for us to take care of them.” The facility, which is expected to open in late 2019, will be the first of its kind in Hampton Roads, where 213,000 veterans live. Hampton had also been in the running, but in the end, state leaders chose Virginia Beach. In June, McAuliffe announced a 120-bed care center in northern Virginia’s Fauquier County.

In 2014, Del. Chris Stolle presented a plan to council members to bring a long-term nursing care center for veterans to Virginia Beach. All they had to do, he said, was support it by providing land.

The council voted a few months later to set aside up to 25 acres for the project.

It was an important step in the process of bringing the facility to Hampton Roads, Stolle said Friday. It certainly wasn’t the last one.

Two years to the day after he pitched the idea to the council, Stolle stood by as Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the city’s selection as a site for a Veterans Care Center, which will be built near the Municipal Center and Kellam High School.

“Our veterans have taken care of us,” Stolle said. “It’s time for us to take care of them.” The facility, which is expected to open in late 2019, will be the first of its kind in Hampton Roads, where 213,000 veterans live. Hampton had also been in the running, but in the end, state leaders chose Virginia Beach. In June, McAuliffe announced a 120-bed care center in northern Virginia’s Fauquier County.

In 2014, Del. Chris Stolle presented a plan to council members to bring a long-term nursing care center for veterans to Virginia Beach. All they had to do, he said, was support it by providing land.

The council voted a few months later to set aside up to 25 acres for the project.

It was an important step in the process of bringing the facility to Hampton Roads, Stolle said Friday. It certainly wasn’t the last one.

Two years to the day after he pitched the idea to the council, Stolle stood by as Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the city’s selection as a site for a Veterans Care Center, which will be built near the Municipal Center and Kellam High School.

“Our veterans have taken care of us,” Stolle said. “It’s time for us to take care of them.” The facility, which is expected to open in late 2019, will be the first of its kind in Hampton Roads, where 213,000 veterans live. Hampton had also been in the running, but in the end, state leaders chose Virginia Beach. In June, McAuliffe announced a 120-bed care center in northern Virginia’s Fauquier County.

The one in Virginia Beach at Nimmo Parkway and West Neck Road will be similar and will specialize in the care of Alzheimer’s, dementia and other chronic illnesses. The center will also have long-term nursing care and short-term rehabilitation services.

The details of how the facility would be built have changed over the years. One reason it took so long to come to fruition, Stolle said, was the need for federal dollars.

The Hampton Roads project has been on a grant-funding list through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for more than 10 years. Each year, the facility failed to move up the list of priorities.

“We waited and we waited and we waited,” McAuliffe said.

By 2015, Stolle and other General Assembly members, including Del. Ron Villanueva, sponsored legislation that would pay for the Hampton Roads and northern Virginia facilities using only state money.

“We said, ‘This is imperative for our veterans.’ ” Stolle said. “We cannot wait any longer.”

During this year’s session, the General Assembly funded both projects for a total of $96 million. It was time for Virginia Beach to hand over the land it promised.

The city-owned land was initially earmarked for a replacement elementary school, Economic Development Director Warren Harris said. But “great cooperation between the city and school administration” allowed the parcel to be offered as the spot for the care center.

“It’s an ideal location for the facility,” Harris said.

The city will find another location for the school, Harris said.

The site plays into the city’s biomedical initiative, which includes a 155-acre business park in Princess Anne Commons to lure health care and pharmaceutical companies.

The care center will be built on a 25-acre portion of the 40-acre site. The rest will remain wetlands. Construction is expected to begin in late 2017.

Once finished, it will feature 120 private rooms grouped in clusters around a central community center, said Steven Combs, deputy commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

“It isn’t the long hallway we’re used to,” Combs said. “It’s residential-centered.”

Gov. McAuliffe announces new Veterans Care Center in Virginia Beach

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Gov. McAuliffe announces new Veterans Care Center in Hampton R…

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces that Virginia Beach will soon be home to the first Veterans Care Center in Hampton Roads.Details: http://via.wtkr.com/kVcpS

Posted by WTKR News 3 on Friday, August 26, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe joined Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms and other area leaders on Friday to announce that Virginia Beach will soon be home to the first Veterans Care Center in Hampton Roads.

The new veterans care center will be a state-of-the-art facility providing skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, as well as short-term rehabilitative care. The center will serve the Hampton Roads region, home to more than 200,000 veterans.

The new 120-bed facility will provide affordable, long-term nursing care for honorably discharged veterans; Virginia residents at the time of admission or entry to Armed Forces; and people who meet the medical requirements for level of care if the facility provides the level of care that is needed.

“This is terrific news for our veterans, the heroes who have given everything to serve the United States and to guarantee our freedoms,” said Delegate Chris Stolle, a U.S. Navy veteran who helped make the center a reality. “We are now set to build a place in Virginia Beach where veterans can receive the help they need – the help they deserve.”

The center will be located on 24-acres along the bio-medical corridor in the Princess Anne area. The location will also allow veterans to have convenient access to labs, physical therapy and other healthcare facilities in the corridor.

“I am pleased to announce that the center will be built on land donated by the City of Virginia Beach, at no cost to the state,” McAuliffe said. “The new Veterans Care Center will be a state-of-the-art facility providing skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/dementia care and short-term rehabilitative care. The Hampton Roads region is home to more than 200,000 veterans, the largest concentration in the commonwealth, and we owe it to them and their families to build this new facility.”

The new Hampton Roads Veterans Care Center and another being built in Northern Virginia will result in about 600 new jobs in those areas.