Suzanne Higgins Published

Senate Considers New Nursing Home for Veterans

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State Senator Mike Green (D., 9th District) has introduced a bill to designate funds for the construction of a veterans skilled nursing facility in Beckley.

Senate Bill 523 proposes using money from the Veterans Facilities Support Fund and bonds provided by the West Virginia Hospital Finance Board.

The 120-bed veterans skilled nursing facility would be located on more than 17 acres adjacent to the Jackie Withrow Hospital, formerly known as Pinecrest Hospital.

In a news release Green said the center is needed because the one located in Clarksburg operates at full capacity and frequently has a waiting list.

The release says the state’s veteran population has now reached over 220,000 and there is overwhelming need for additional nursing home beds to accommodate veterans when they become unable to take care of themselves.

“The bill is a tangible demonstration of our appreciation for their sacrifices,” said Green.