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VA to build new skilled nursing care facility

Project should take 2 years to complete

The Pennsylvania De­­partment of Military and Veterans Affairs has announced plans for the construction of a new 200-bed skilled nursing care facility, upgrades to MacArthur Hall, which is used for personal care residents, as well as the sale of two tracts of underutilized land at its 220-acre Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home campus in Blair County.

As part of the new skilled nursing care facility project, a new 170,000-square-foot, three-story, skilled nursing facility on the existing HVH property is currently in the design phase with plans of construction to begin in fiscal year 2023. The project will take approximately two years to complete.

The upgrades to MacArthur Hall will include critical infrastructure upgrades such as installing a new roof and windows; installing new LED light fixtures; expanding the main dining room; and constructing an addition to the dietary area. Construction is expected to begin in early 2023 and will take about one year to complete.

The home, which opened in June 1977 after DMVA took over the facilities of the former Hollidaysburg State Hospital, currently consists of a total of 424 beds and provides skilled nursing, memory care, and personal care in three resident buildings.

Eisenhower Hall and Arnold Hall provide a total of 257 skilled nursing beds, including 26 memory care beds. MacArthur Hall offers 167 personal care beds.

“These two construction projects will increase operational efficiency for staff; enhance energy savings, maintenance, and operations; and, most importantly, improve the quality of life for the veterans and their spouses residing there,” said Travis Davis, executive director of long-term care for DMVA’s six veterans homes.

The Hollidaysburg home is one of six veterans homes operated by the DMVA.

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