Category Veterans Homes

National Nurses Day, Nurse takes the vitals of a resident in the Veterans Home of California.

NATIONAL NURSES WEEK BEGINS WITH VETERANS HELPING VETERANS

In 2019, Air Force veteran and registered nurse Patricia Scott-Cook first learned about the Veterans Homes of California-Barstow, near her home 30 minutes away in Silver Lakes. She quickly applied to work there, soon hired on, and is among the 1,000-plus nursing staff members throughout CalVet’s eight Veterans Homes of California. The same can be […]

Bob Lewis, Army veteran and veteran of movies

FROM THE BIG SCREEN TO REDDING’S VETERANS HOME: ARMY VET’S VOICE STILL MUSIC TO THEIR EARS

REDDING – As residents mulled about at the Veterans Home of California-Redding one recent day, Bob Lewis broke into song. It’s something Lewis does often, to the joy of the Home’s staff, veterans, and their spouses. Some might think they are hearing him sing for the very first time. They might be wrong. Before Lewis […]

Electronic prescription system implemented through California Veterans Homes before January 1, 2022 deadline.

A BIG DOSE OF TEAMWORK BRINGS SUCCESS TO CALVET’S e-PRESCRIBE PHARMACY PROGRAM AT VETERANS HOMES

Early in December 2021, CalVet unveiled its new e-Prescribe software system that streamlined the process of prescribing medications for the more than 1,700 veteran residents and their spouses living at the eight Veterans Homes of California. It became the first element of CalVet’s Electronic Health Records Program (CEHR) to go live. All regular medication orders […]

Multiple photos of ongoing construction work at the Yountville Veterans Home.

NEW SKILLED NURSING FACILITY AT YOUNTVILLE HOME WILL BE VETERAN-CENTRIC FROM THE GROUND UP

Yountville – Of the veterans, by the veterans, for the veterans. The fingerprints of United States military veterans can and will be found all over the new $269 million, 240-bed skilled nursing facility and memory care center at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, from the project’s conception to its eventual occupancy. Leadership at the California […]

Rendering of the soon to be built Yountville Skilled Nursing Facility.

VETS SAY WORK ON NEW SKILLED NURSING FACILITY AT YOUNTVILLE HOME ENCOURAGING AFTER TWO YEARS OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

When the new skilled nursing facility opens at the Veterans Homes of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville) in early 2024, it will provide more than a modern state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility (SNF) to replace the 90-year-old Nelson M. Holderman Hospital across the street. The $269 million, 240-bed facility will also bring a sense of relief and security to […]

Front elevation of the VHC-Fresno campus.

VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY: FOUR FRESNO VETERANS, FOUR DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

One went to Vietnam as an advisor, years before American forces went en masse. One had the greatest peanut butter and jelly sandwich of his life while manning a gun mount on a destroyer in the Tonkin Gulf. One tended to Vietnam War wounded at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. And another spent […]

Close up of veterans cutting a piece of cedar with a hand saw.

TIME CAPSULE BOX FOR NEW SKILLED NURSING FACILITY PROJECT IN BEST OF HANDS

YOUNTVILLE – On one recent afternoon, Gordon Kirby, with a steady hand and a thin saw blade, cut a notch in a thick piece of deodor cedar destined to become a footstool or small bench. The 75-year-old Navy veteran spends his days in the woodshop of the Creative Arts Center at the Veterans Home of […]

CalVet logo, Medal of Honor, military headshot of Holderman.

AS NEW YOUNTVILLE SKILLED NURSING FACILITY RISES, CALVET REMEMBERS THE NAMESAKE OF THE ONE IT WILL REPLACE

When the new $269 million skilled nursing facility opens at the Veterans Homes of California-Yountville, it will replace in function one of the campus’ oldest buildings, named for a true icon in the Napa Valley community and beyond. From the moment it opened in 1932, what later became the Nelson M (for Miles) Holderman Hospital […]

Front elevation drawing of the soon to be built Yountville Veterans Home skilled nursing facility.

TWO WOMEN VETERAN INNOVATORS LEFT THEIR MARKS ON YOUNTVILLE VETERANS HOME

As construction begins in earnest on the new $269 million skilled nursing facility at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, CalVet recognizes and remembers two remarkable women who left their imprints on the 138-year-old campus. Mary Dunaway helped it grow in the 1950s. Virginia Mae Days, the only woman to lead the California Department of Veterans […]

The cover of a hand made card that reads Happy Valentines Day.

REDDING HOME’S CUPID CREW OFFERING HEARTFELT VALENTINE’S DAY WISHES TO OTHER SENIORS

A card. A message. A gift of friendship. It doesn’t matter that it will go to a total stranger. To the members of the Cupid Crew at the Veterans Home of California-Redding, giving bits of their time and selves to someone who might have no one is satisfying, even if they never get to know […]