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DMVA Honors Nurses at Southwestern Veterans’ Center for Their Selfless Care of Veterans

05/10/2022

Annville, PA - Today, nurses at the Southwestern Veterans’ Center (SWVC) in Pittsburgh were honored for their selfless care of veterans in recognition of National Nurses Week. The SWVC is one of six veterans homes operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). The DMVA is honoring its more than 400 nurses who care for our veterans and their families throughout all of its six veterans homes.

“The job of a nurse is never easy – often physically demanding and emotionally taxing,” said Barb Raymond, director, Bureau of Veterans Homes, who is also a registered nurse. “Despite these challenges, nurses at the Southwestern Veterans’ Center always come to work with an upbeat attitude, ready to share a smile and brighten the day of residents. This level of professionalism does not go un-noticed and is greatly appreciated.”

“It is important that we take time and let our nurses know how much they are valued,” said Rich Adams, SWVC commandant. “Nurses work tirelessly and are extremely dedicated to making sure our veterans and their spouses are safe and live well. This home could not operate without their warm and dedicated care.”

Throughout the week, SWVC is holding special events for its nursing staff such as: a nursing trivia contest, a coffee and donuts social, a cookout, favorite sports team dress down day, and an ice cream social.  Additionally, events will be at all six veterans homes operated by DMVA honoring our nurses for their steadfast dedicated service in taking care of our veterans and their families.

“I have never had a more fulfilling job than caring for men and women who served our nation and protected our freedom,” said Joe Lawlor, RN at SWVC. “I am thankful for the opportunity to work in such a patriotic environment, and grateful to be honored today.”

The DMVA’s six veterans homes employ certified registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. In addition to the nurses, there nearly 500 certified nursing assistants who also provide outstanding care to residents.

The DMVA continues to search for dedicated nurses looking to serve those who served by offering competitive wages; paid vacation, holiday and parental leave; flexible work schedules; and many other benefits. 

In addition to the SWVC, DMVA operates 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 Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Spring City.

For information about employment, residency and volunteering at Pennsylvania’s veterans homes, visit www.VeteransHomes.pa.gov. To apply for rewarding nursing positions at DMVA, visit DMVA Nurse Employment Opportunities.

You can also learn more by following DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joan Nissley - jnissley@pa.gov

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