Fisher House Opens at Naval Medical Center San Diego
SAN DIEGO — Opening in 1992 with just eight bedrooms, the original Fisher House at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) grew over the years into a place that thousands of families of active and retired military patients have called home while their loved one healed.
To accommodate even more families, a second Fisher House is opening at the NMCSD at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 3.
The house, made possible through funding from TriWest Healthcare Alliance, T. Boone Pickens and BP Capital, will provide military families up to a month's free stay while their loved ones are recovering.
"This home symbolizes so much of what we in the TRICARE community hope for, work for and strive to uphold; complete care for our wounded troops and comfort for their families," said TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. "We believe that a wounded service member's only duty is to heal, and to do so without needless worry or delay. And family members are a critical part of their healing."
The new house opening is the latest in a long line of organizations and programs TriWest supports for military members in San Diego, including:
- Supporting the opening of the Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center (or "C5"). The first-of-its kind care center combines the services of orthopedics, prosthetics, physical and occupational therapy, wound care, psychiatry, brain injury care and mental health counseling to keep warriors close to their families as they heal.
- Developing a "Healing Heroes" Web portal to aggregate government and community resources care coordinators need to help recovering service members.
- Sponsoring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the newest rehabilitative event for injured veterans, the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. The event gave recently injured veterans who have spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations, other mobility impairments, or post-traumatic stress disorder the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports.
- Supported Camp Pendleton's Wounded Warrior Center, a placefor members of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force to recover from combat-related injuries.
- Offering free assistance to disabled veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and other services earned through their military service in partnership with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
- Providing grants through the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund to Marine families to defray unexpected expenses such as travel, childcare, lodging or other problems resulting from lost wages.
- Partnering with the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation to provide wounded Marines and Navy Corpsmen new and marketable skills for careers in media following their rehabilitation.
For more information on NMCSD's Fisher Houses, visit: http://www-nmcsd.med.navy.mil/service/services_view.cfm?csid=88