Annville, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has announced plans for the construction of a new 200-bed skilled nursing care facility, upgrades to MacArthur Hall which is used for personal care residents, as well as the sale of two tracts of underutilized land at its 220-acre Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home (HVH) campus in Blair County.
As part of the new skilled nursing care facility project, a new 170,000-square-foot, three-story, skilled nursing facility on the existing HVH property is currently in the design phase with plans of construction to begin in fiscal year 2023. This project will take approximately two years to complete.
The upgrades to MacArthur Hall will include critical infrastructure upgrades such as installing a new roof and windows; installing new LED light fixtures; expanding the main dining room; and constructing an addition to the dietary area. Construction is expected to begin in early 2023 and will take approximately one year to complete.
The home, which opened in June 1977 after DMVA took over the facilities of the former Hollidaysburg State Hospital, currently consists of a total of 424 beds and provides skilled nursing, memory care, and personal care in three resident buildings. Eisenhower Hall and Arnold Hall provide a total of 257 skilled nursing beds including 26 memory care beds. MacArthur Hall offers 167 personal care beds.
“These two construction projects will increase operational efficiency for staff; enhance energy savings, maintenance, and operations; and, most importantly, improve the quality of life for the veterans and their spouses residing there,” said Travis Davis, NHA, MHA, HSE, executive director of Long-Term Care for DMVA’s six veterans homes. “We consider it a privilege to serve those who have done so much to protect our freedoms and preserve our cherished way of life, so making these improvements ensures we honor that obligation.”
The DMVA also has two tracts of land for sale on the HVH campus. Anyone interested in bidding on either tract should visit the PA Department of General Services (DGS) e-Marketplace at this link. All bids must be sent by mail and must be received in the DGS bid opening room on or before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
“The 111-acre and 13-acre tracts are part of a larger effort to divest excess land to save commonwealth agencies and taxpayers expenses associated with the upkeep and maintenance of underutilized land,” Davis added.
“The Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home is not only a warm and caring place for veterans and their spouses to live, but also a great place for so many dedicated professionals to work,” said Sam Dunkle, HVH commandant. “Whether living or working here, the experience is always exciting and extremely patriotic. We are excited to see these enhancements to our campus and look forward to serving veterans and their spouses for many years to come.”
The HVH is one of six veterans homes operated by the DMVA.
For more information about admission, employment or volunteer opportunities at Pennsylvania’s veterans homes, visit www.VeteransHomes.pa.gov. You can also learn more by following DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.
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