VA adds 30 beds to living center
June 18, 2014

BUTLER TWP — VA Butler Healthcare on June 11 had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of 30 new beds in its Community Living Center.

The total 60-bed Community Living Center, formerly known as a nursing home, provides short-stay and long-stay nursing home care to veterans. The first 30 beds opened to veterans in the fall of 2011.

Construction of the 30 beds dedicated June 11 began in the spring of 2012.

“VA Butler Healthcare has reaffirmed its commitment to veterans of Western Pennsylvania by constructing a new state-of-the-art Community Living Center where VA Butler staff will provide compassionate, high quality care to our veterans,” said John Gennaro, VA Butler director, in a news release.

“The CLC is designed to make our veterans feel at home by providing them with a community setting, as well as private rooms and baths.”

VA Butler’s Community Living Center encompasses 54,000 square feet. It includes two multipurpose rooms, a game room, a computer room, a glass-covered porch, a family overnight room for relatives of hospice patients, and a spa room for therapeutic programs, according to the release.

An atrium provides natural light all year long for residents.

VA Butler has added to its main campus over the past couple of years.

In addition to the new 60-bed center, it opened a new 56-bed domiciliary in the fall of 2012, providing residential rehabilitation in a townhouse setting for veterans recovering from substance abuse, homelessness and behavioral health challenges.