Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Unveils New Veterans Home

Friday, November 11, 2016 3:00 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2016

Contact:
Sarah Jones
Public Affairs Director
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
sarah.n.jones@arkansas.gov
501-683-2086

Record Crowd at Historic Ceremony Honoring Veterans
~Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Unveils New Veterans Home

North Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) celebrated Veterans Day Friday with the grand opening of the Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock (ASVH-NLR).

The new home replaces the former home in Little Rock shuttered in October 2012.

“I am pleased to announce the grand opening of the Arkansas State Veterans Home in North Little Rock. With this innovative design, the facility will offer top-notch care to Arkansas’s veterans and leaves plenty of room for expansion in the future,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson.

The 31-acre facility is the first Veterans home in Arkansas developed from the ground-up for the sole purpose of long-term care for Veterans. It will serve Veterans, Veterans’ spouses, and Gold Star family members.

ASVH-NLR is a “small home” design with eight individual homes that serve 12 residents each. Each resident will have a private room and private bathroom. Less than one percent of long-term care facilities across the nation are built and operated as small homes. The small home concept seeks to de-institutionalize care and provide a warm, home-like environment in a setting that encourages social activity and empowers staff.

The facility is located on the former Emerald Park Golf Course, located across the street from the Eugene J. Towbin VA Healthcare Center in North Little Rock. Construction began in July 2015. Total construction cost was $20.5 million.

ASVH-NLR is scheduled to begin accepting residents in December.

In his keynote address, Governor Asa Hutchinson outlined the successes of ADVA under his leadership.

“Because of the great work being done under Director Snead’s leadership, ADVA has established eight regional offices four years ahead of schedule,” said Hutchinson, “It’s quite an accomplishment, but we still have more work to do. I look forward to continuing to work with ADVA to serve nearly 250,000 veterans in Arkansas.”

In July 2015, Governor Hutchinson approved the first ever strategic plan in the agency’s 93-year history. The strategic plan was created with the collaboration of Veteran leaders from across the state.

The first strategic goal in the plan outlined the migration of ADVA’s Veteran Service Office Division to nine districts throughout the state to serve Veterans where they live. ADVA pledged to open five new regional offices by 2020. ADVA opened its sixth district office in April, four years ahead of schedule.

Last fall, prior to the implementation of the strategic plan, ADVA saw an average of 400-450 Veterans a month at their office in North Little Rock. This September, ADVA saw 1,100 Veterans in the communities where they live.

Governor Hutchinson also announced that ADVA will be opening its last two district offices, in Hope and Russellville, marking the completion of strategic goal number one.

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, or ADVA, is a state agency created in 1923 by the Arkansas General Assembly to connect Veterans and their dependents to state and federal services. Today, we serve our fellow Arkansas Veterans by operating two state Veteran cemeteries, by operating two state Veteran nursing homes, and through the administration of the Veteran Service Officer network.

We are ADVA, ADVAcates for Arkansas’ Veterans.

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