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New Commandant of Southeastern Veterans’ Center Appointed


Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has appointed Rohan Blackwood as the new commandant of the Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Spring City, Chester County.

“We are very pleased Mr. Blackwood has accepted this post,” said Brig. Gen. Jerry G. Beck Jr., deputy adjutant general for veteran’s affairs. “His 15 years of experience in the long-term care field makes him well qualified to provide first-class care to our deserving veteran residents.”
Blackwood, a native of Brooklyn, New York, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He has served as a Nursing Home Administrator for Genesis Healthcare, Golden Living Healthcare, Phoebe Ministries, and Reliant Senior Care and is a licensed nursing home administrator in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
The Southeastern Veterans’ Center, set on a 120-acre campus, provides skilled nursing care, personal care, and dementia care for residents. It opened as the state’s third veteran’s home in 1986, and in 2012 a new $41.2 million, 120-bed community living center was opened bringing its capacity to 238 beds.
The Southeastern Veterans’ Center is one of six state facilities operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The six facilities serve a total of 1,554 eligible veterans and their spouses across Pennsylvania. The other locations include the Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home in Philadelphia, the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton, the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home in Hollidaysburg, the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Erie and the Southwestern Veterans’ Center in Pittsburgh.

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Media contact: Joan Nissley, 717-861-8720
Editor’s Note: A color photo of Mr. Blackwood can be downloaded at   


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