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Nurses At Pennsylvania’s Six Veterans Homes Provide Residents with Superb, Compassionate Care -- May 6-12, 2018, is National Nurses Week

​​Annville, PA - In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) thanks the more than 400 nurses employed at its six veterans homes for the work they do each and every day.

“We are so thankful to have such a committed team of nurses providing care to the heroes who live in our veterans homes,” said Andrew Ruscavage, director of DMVA’s Bureau of Veterans Homes, who is also a nurse. “Our nurses are highly-skilled clinicians who are extremely attentive and very compassionate. That is the perfect formula when caring for veterans and their spouses with varying degrees of health care needs.”

Ruscavage said that the six homes employ certified registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. In addition to the nurses, there are more than 600 certified nursing assistants who also provide top-level care to residents.

“The six homes provide personal and skilled nursing care to more than 1,300 residents in a safe, secure and caring environment,” said Ruscavage. “Our veterans have made many sacrifices to preserve our freedom, and we are honored to provide them with an excellent team of talented nurses, nursing assistants and other health care professionals to care for them.”

If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran and have health care needs, please contact any of DMVA’s homes to discuss long-term care options you may be eligible to receive.   

The six homes DMVA operates throughout the commonwealth are: 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; the Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Spring City; and the Southwestern Veterans’ Center in Pittsburgh.

For more information on career opportunities or veterans homes admission, visit DMVA’s Careers in Nursing Brochure or DMVA can also be followed on Facebook at or Twitter at

MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Butera - 717-861-2178

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