PITTSBURGH, PA.— The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has awarded a nursing home contract in Salem County, expanding available options for long-term care to better meet the needs of veterans.
As a result of the newly-signed contract, veterans in southern New Jersey have increased access to care at skilled nursing home facilities, including sub-acute rehabilitation, respite care, end-of-life care, and long-term nursing home care for eligible veterans.
According to a release, the Wilmington VA Medical Center (VAMC) awarded a contract to Golden Nursing Home, 438 Woodstown Road.
Golden is a 116-bed facility that offers specialty palliative, hospice, dementia and respite care.
Joe Hannagan, Salem County veterans services officer, stated, “The expansion of contract nursing homes and Wilmington’s outreach efforts to veterans in Salem County are two of the most important additions that have been made to assist our veterans in southern New Jersey. We look forward to growing our partnership with the Wilmington VA and to ensure our veterans have timely access to care, especially when a veteran needs more services than can be provided in their home.”
Hannigan continued, “I would like to thank Mark Taylor and the other members of the Wilmington VA Outreach team and, of course, Congressman LoBiondo for all of their efforts to make sure veterans in Salem County have the care they need and deserve based on their service to our country.”
The contract, along with outreach services, is part of an ongoing effort by the Wilmington VAMC to grow services in southern New Jersey. “We continue to grow our partnerships and to expand access to care,” said Vince Kane, director of the Wilmington VAMC. “Over the last year, we have increased our outreach and health care services in southern New Jersey. Just this past Saturday, we did an enrollment clinic at the Salem County Community College to help veterans with questions about benefits and to help them access VA health care. We want to get the word out about VA services. Wilmington VAMC has three outpatient clinics in Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May counties in southern New Jersey as well as seven contract nursing homes. We continue work to grow our contracts and our home-based primary care services in southern New Jersey.”
“Growth in resources for our veterans in Salem County is certainly welcome news for veterans and their families who need long-term care,” stated U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd). “I applaud the Wilmington VA Medical Center for partnering with Salem County to ensure 24-hour nursing home care is available to South Jersey veterans. Access to high-quality health care that meets the needs of the veteran must remain a top priority for VA and our communities.”
Nursing homes awarded VA contracts are required to go through a rigorous federal open bidding process, and the Wilmington VAMC continues the potential onboarding process of at least three additional long-term care facilities in southern New Jersey.
“We also have plans to open a new outpatient clinic in Cape May County, while expanding our services in Atlantic and Cumberland counties,” said Kane. “We want veterans who live in southern New Jersey to get their VA care in southern New Jersey.”
Anyone who is a veteran interested in VA services, should contact a member of the Wilmington VAMC outreach team at 302-304-5509 or 302-932-7519.
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