Bronx Fisher Houses I & II
Two new Fisher Houses will be built at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. These 16-suite homes-away-from-home will serve the families of the nearly 375,000 veterans residing in the service area, and are eligible to receive health care from the Bronx VA.
The homes will join an already existing 70+ Fisher Houses across the country as well as in Germany and the UK. They will be the first Fisher Houses in New York City and the second in the state of New York. The first was built in Albany, NY, in 1994. That was also the first Fisher House donated to VA.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of this,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. “I was born and raised in the Bronx, so it’s like coming home. I want our veterans and their families to know when they walk in the door of a Fisher House that America cares and we thank them for their service.”
For more than 25 years, the Fisher House program has provided free lodging for more than 300,000 families of patients receiving medical care at major VA and Department of Defense hospitals. Fisher Houses allow families to be close to their loved one during a medical crisis to focus on what’s important—the healing process. On any given night, up to 950 families could be staying at a Fisher House. With the addition of the Bronx Fisher Houses and a couple other homes being built this year, that number will rise to 1,000 families.
Established 75 years ago, the Bronx VA sits on the highest point in New York City. It was the first VA in New York City and is one of the most dynamic VA’s in the country with 450 hospital and nursing home beds. It provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, three surgical units, and an inpatient psychiatric unit. Of particular note for the purposes of establishing the Fisher Houses, the Bronx VA is the VA’s regional referral center for multiple services, including Spinal Cord Injury; Kidney Transplant and Dialysis; bariatric, microvascular and robotic surgery; amputee, polytrauma and traumatic brain injury care. As a major regional referral center, veterans and their families may travel hundreds of miles for care. Having a Fisher House on site will provide comfort for the families, as well as convenient access to their veteran loved one.
"We are proud and appreciative to have received favorable consideration of our Fisher House application" said Dr. Erik Langhoff, Director at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. "This home-away-from-home will be a tremendous comfort for our wounded warriors and their families. We look forward to the coming months with anticipation and gratitude to the Fisher House Foundation."
Once built by Fisher House Foundation, the homes will be turned over to VA to operate and maintain.