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Fisher House Foundation Reaches Milestone of 75 Fisher Houses
With Three New Homes, the Fisher House Program Can Support Up to 1,000 Families Per Night
December 20, 2017 (Rockville, MD) – In a little over 25 years, Fisher House Foundation has built 75 Fisher Homes for Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs hospitals. If that number isn’t impressive enough, on any given night, up to 1,000 families can safely and free of charge stay in a Fisher House.
“I doubt my Uncle Zachary, who built the first Fisher Houses, could ever have imagined serving up to 1,000 families a night,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. “Not only are there more houses today, but our homes are much bigger. What began as an eight-room Fisher House, has grown to 21 suites in some cases. The kitchens and common areas are twice as large as the earlier homes, yet we have strived to make them feel like a home away from home.”
As of this month, with the addition of three new homes in Charleston, SC; Keesler Air Force Base, MS; and West Haven, CT, there are 75 Fisher Houses across the country, in Germany and the United Kingdom. The Foundation is best known for this network of homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. The Foundation has saved military and veterans’ families more than $400 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
These homes are much more than just a refuge or free place to stay. They also provide a place for the entire family to heal together. “For the first time since Afghanistan, my husband and I sat on the couch at the Fisher House and talked and laughed like the old days,” said Macy, wife of a Navy Seal combat veteran. “We finally felt like there was hope for the future that didn’t involve PTSD or TBI [traumatic brain injury]. Fisher House provided that hope and comfort for us.”
The Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members, as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. Additionally, the Foundation manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
“Fisher House Foundation is dedicated to those we are privileged to serve – our nation’s military, veterans and their families,” said Ken Fisher. “Recently, we learned that for the 14th consecutive year we have received a 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator. Please know that we will continue to devote resources given us to support our nations heroes and their families in the best manner possible.”
These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $282 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
By the Numbers
- Families served: More than 25,000 in 2014
- Daily capacity: 848 families
- Families served: More than 250,000 since inception
- Number of lodging days offered: Over 5.5 million
- 7,000 students have received $11,000,000 in scholarship awards
- Over 50,000 airline tickets provided by Hero Miles to service members and their families, worth nearly $73 million
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LAS VEGAS FISHER HOUSE
Facts About the Fisher House
On February 11, 2016, following a successful capital campaign where some $3.5-million was donated by Nevadans, and matched by the Fisher House Foundation, the Las Vegas Fisher House, built on the campus of the VA Southern Nevada Medical Center (6900 N. Pecos Road, No. Las Vegas, NV 89086) was dedicated. The Fisher House provides high quality temporary lodging to families of veterans or active duty service members who are undergoing inpatient or extensive outpatient treatment at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System or Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center at Nellis AFB.
Fisher House offers a warm, compassionate environment where families find support and encouragement from others in similar circumstances. It is a “home away from home” and provides a sense of comfort so that families can be together while a loved one in undergoing medical treatment.
The first Fisher House opened in 1991 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, to support active duty military families. Its mission continues today as service men and women return from Iraq and Afghanistan in need of VA care. The Las Vegas Fisher House is operated by the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System and supported by the Nevada Veterans Foundation.
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There is no fee for families staying at the Fisher House. The house is 13,500 square feet, with 16 private guest suites. Each suite and room is professionally decorated and beautifully furnished. In addition to private bedrooms and bathrooms, the house includes:
- A common kitchen
- Spacious common dining room
- An inviting common family room and living room
- A common laundry facility
- In-room telephone and TV/DVD player
- Free Wi-Fi access throughout the house
Who can stay at Fisher House?
- Guests must be family members or caregivers of active duty or veteran in-patients, or those
receiving extended, episodic out-patient therapy.
- Guests must live 50 miles or more from the treating facility.
- Minor children must be supervised by their families at all times.
- Only one room is assigned to each family.
How do I arrange to stay at the Fisher House?
- The Fisher House manager, assistant manager, or designee will determine eligibility and
advise the family of the status and appropriateness of the referral and availability.
- Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis,
- Families may call the Las Vegas Fisher House directly at (702) 224-6789
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What is a Fisher House?
Fisher Houses are comfort homes, built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during their hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. Click HERE to read about our history.
eligible to stay at Fisher House?
We are here to serve our active duty, veterans, retirees and their Families while actively receiving medical treatment at the Southern Nevada VA medical facilities. Families must have no local accommodations within 40 miles of the treatment facility in order to be eligible for a room. However, every situation is looked at individually and many aspects are considered before the manager approves a stay.
How do I make
Reservations are not accepted at Fisher House. A referral should be coordinated through the patient's case manager, social worker or medical team. Self-referrals will not be accepted, however please feel free to contact the house manager to discuss your situation and check house availability. Once the referral is sent to Fisher House you will be contacted regarding availability. Rooms are not given on a first come first serve basis, but based on medical priority. Due to high occupancy the soonest we are able to contact you regarding availability is 48 hours in advance of arrival. Alternate lodging arrangements that can be cancelled within a 24 hour window should be made. Please feel free to contact the house manager if you have questions about local lodging. For those with a military ID there are numerous on base lodging options within a few miles of the hospital.
Do I have to be inpatient at the Southern Nevada VA. Medical Center for my family to stay at Fisher House?
No. We serve the families of inpatient family members regardless of which area hospital the patient may be in. For those without military ID extra steps will need to be taken to secure base access, so if possible we recommend submitting your referral for lodging as soon as you know you may be traveling to Las Vegas so we can begin the process.
Can I stay at
Fisher House if I am receiving outpatient care?
While first priority is given to those needing to be bedside, lodging for outpatients can be arranged based on situation and house occupancy. Outpatients that require Home Health Nursing, Wound V.A.C. Therapy Units, Clostridium difficile (C- Diff.), Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) , Total parenteral nutrition (TPN), Running intravenous fluid drip (IV’s) cannot stay at Fisher House. Please call the house manager to discuss options.
How long can I
stay at Fisher House?
As long as your patient is receiving inpatient or eligible outpatient care or 30 days, whichever comes first Families that know in advance they will need longer than 30 days should contact the manager to discuss the situation?
What does it
cost to stay?
Due to a generous donation provided by the Fisher House Foundation there is no cost to stay at Fisher House at this time.
House provide my meals?
We do not provide regular meals for the families of Las Vegas Fisher House. We are very fortunate to have many groups and organizations that will provide meals and fill our pantries on semi-regular basis; however you should purchase your own groceries for your day to day meals. Refrigerator, freezer and cupboard space is provided but shared with 9 families so please keep that in mind when shopping
allowed at Fisher House?
No. For health reasons, and because we have a communal living arrangement, we cannot allow any animals on the Fisher House grounds. If you need to bring your pets with you, please make arrangements with one of the many boarding facilities in the area prior to your arrival. However, per the law, we do allow service animals. Per the Department of Justice under the American with Disabilities Act a service animal is defined as "dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA."
Are there rules
at Fisher House?
Yes. Because Fisher House is a communal living environment policies and practices have been developed to ensure the health and well-being of both the families and the house. Upon arrival each family will be given a packet containing information about the house. In addition there will also be an orientation given by a member of the staff to familiarize you with the house and answer any questions you may have. Failure to adhere to the policies set in place can result in the termination of a stay.
Do you have
any volunteer opportunities?
Las Vegas Fisher Houses rely on volunteers on several levels. Please visit out VOLUNTEER page for more information.
volunteer on evenings or weekends?
We try our best to not schedule events outside of normal working hours. Families share the house with staff and visitors throughout the week, so the evenings and weekends are their time to have the house to themselves, their patients and their families.
Ms. Cadie Franco , LCSW at Office 702-791-9000, ext. 46789 Mobile 702-901-1371