How Genesis HealthCare Honors Veterans; both Patients and Fellow Employees


It may surprise many 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, Genesis HealthCare is the first skilled nursing care provider to become a We Honor Veterans Community Partner. This pioneering campaign was developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  At Genesis, we celebrate both our patient veterans and our employee veterans.

There are so many positives to introducing the We Honor Veterans program in our Centers, as shown by these latest examples of how Genesis facilities are honoring their resident and employee Veterans. This program continues to expand across the country, with a longer and longer list of Centers who have achieved Level I certification and are going for Level 2 to help fortify their culture of celebrating and honoring veterans. Enjoy these most recent stories shared from Ohio and Rhode Island.

 Park East Center in Beachwood, Ohio held their Welcome Home Veterans event earlier this month to honor and celebrate their Veteran residents.  Their dedicated Veteran Unit has been open since early June. Dorinda Robinson, an Army Veteran and Park East Center MDS Coordinator, opened the event. She was followed by a patient Marine Corps Veteran from Vitas Hospice, who gave a heart-warming welcome home speech. Mayor Merle Gordon presented Park East Center with a Proclamation announcing Thursday, August 7th 2014 as “Park East Center- We Honor Veterans- Dedicated Veteran Unit Day.” Mayor Gordon then proceeded to the Ribbon Cutting ceremony with support from Administrator Angela Rose and Admissions Director Julie Lewis. Each resident and employee Veteran walked the red carpet into the new unit as they were announced, and each received a certificate of appreciation from the Mayor. 

At left: Administrator Angela Rose, Mayor Gordon and Admissions Director Julie Lewis cut the ribbon.

The Marietta Center (Marietta, OH) proudly unveiled their We Honor Veterans hallway (left) during a recent ceremony which included reading of a proclamation naming it Marietta Center We Honor Veterans Hall Day by the mayor and blessing of the hallway by the local retired Marines. Resident veterans and staff were honored with certificates and personal letters from their branch of service.

At Left: the red carpet entrance into the dedicated Veterans Unit.