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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Charles Ramey, Chief of Public Affairs
(702) 791-9003 vhalaspao@va.gov
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
6900 N. Pecos Road
North Las Vegas, Nevada 89086 www.lasvegas.va.gov www.fisherhouse.org

New Fisher House Opens at Southern Nev. VA Medical Center
WHAT: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for a brand new 16-suite Fisher House at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Medical Center.  A Fisher House is a home away from home for families of military service members and Veterans receiving health care treatment at the VA Medical Center.

WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 11 a.m.
(Media Should Arrive NLT 10:15 a.m. for parking and set-up)

WHERE:  VA Southern Nevada Medical Center Fisher House
6900 N. Pecos Road

North Las Vegas, NV 89086
WHO:           Peggy Kearns, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Director, Kenneth Fisher,
Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, Governor Brian Sandoval, North
Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, and Nevada Military Support Alliance President Scott Bensing will be participating in a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting.  The event is open to the public and tours of the new Fisher House will be available after the ceremony.

BACKGROUND:
This is the first Fisher House in the State of Nevada.  It joins more than 65 other Fisher Houses around the world that support our wounded warriors, Veterans, and their families.  The opening of this building represents the culmination of a multi-year public-private effort by Fisher House Foundation, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Nevada Military Support Alliance. The Nevada Veterans Foundation will support the operations of the house. The 13,500-square-foot facility, which was gifted to the VA, includes, 16 suites equipped with private, handicapped-accessible bathrooms. Common areas include a spacious kitchen, large communal living, dining and family rooms, a laundry room and patio. These beautiful homes enable family members to be close to loved ones free-of-charge during hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Medical Center in North Las Vegas, Nev. or Mike O’ Callaghan Federal Medical Center at nearby Nellis Air Force Base.

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System provides delivery of health care to more than 57,000 Veterans and ensures outpatient and inpatient services are available to more than 158,000 Veterans residing in an official catchment area of Clark, Lincoln and Nye counties.

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.