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West Bay Center Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Recruit
5/9/2014 12:00:00 AM

It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, West Bay Center, a 231-bed Genesis HealthCare skilled nursing center located at 27601 Westchester Parkway, Westlake has become a Community Partner Recruit of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Genesis HealthCare is the first skilled nursing care provider to become a We Honor Veterans Community Partner.

As a We Honor Veterans Community Partner Recruit, West Bay Center will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve.  The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korea pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.

“We are proud to be a member of the We Honor Veterans program,” shares Richard Gebhard, Administrator of West Bay Center.  “Our Veterans have given so much to our country.  We are pleased to enhance our quality health care services by offering special services catered to meet the needs of our Veteran patients.”

The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Recruits” can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, West Bay Center is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s  military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, West Bay Center will find tools to help support those they are caring for.

“All healthcare providers are serving Veterans but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans, we are taking a giant step forward in helping providers understand and serve Veterans and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities.”

“VA shares a common goal with our nation’s healthcare providers, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting.  As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans - wherever they are receiving care.”

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.

“America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve,” added Schumacher.




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Genesis HealthCare is one of the nation's largest skilled nursing care providers with more than 400 skilled nursing centers and assisted living residences in 28 states nationwide. Genesis also supplies rehabilitation therapy to nearly 1,500 healthcare providers in 46 states. Visit our website at www.genesishcc.com.