Bay Pines Fisher House to Host Open House on Sept. 1

 

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Fisher House will host a community open house on Friday, September 1, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The Fisher House is positioned on the east side of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center campus located at 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines, FL 33744. Click here to reference driving directions and a campus map.

Guests who attend the event will be treated to guided tours throughout the day. The event will also feature an information booth, finger foods, and light refreshments.

The Bay Pines Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of Veterans and military service members receiving care at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.  The nine bedroom facility gives family members an opportunity to be close to their loved ones during hospitalizations by providing comfortable lodging in a calm environment, only steps away from the medical center. Family members and caregivers of Veterans who live 50 miles or more from the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center can stay at the Fisher House free of charge with a referral from a Veteran’s respective social worker.  Lodging is on a first come, first served basis.  Reservations are not accepted.

In November 2016, Bay Pines was selected nationally to receive a second, 16-room Fisher House. Construction is expected to begin in the next 3 years. Read more about the second house at: www.baypines.va.gov/pressreleases/20161205.asp.

Members of the local community can be part of the Fisher House mission.  The Bay Pines Fisher House depends on volunteers and monetary donations from individuals and groups to support its programs.  To learn more about how you can help the Fisher House, please consider attending the open house on September 1, visit the Bay Pines Fisher House webpage at www.baypines.va.gov/fisherhouse.asp, or call (727) 398-6661, extension 11350.

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About Jeff Cavanagh

Jeff Cavanagh spent his freshman year at St. Petersburg Junior College back in the early 70s before enlisting in the United States Navy. Soon after, he attended Jacksonville University on a Navy ROTC scholarship. After college, he was commissioned and became a qualified Surface Warfare Officer spending the next 22 years honing his skills as a ship-handler and expert recruiter before retiring in 1994. Jeff expresses a deep sense of pride in St. Petersburg College due to connections that go back many years. His father, Tom Cavanagh, was a career Air Force fighter pilot and combat veteran who taught Geography and Western Civilization at St. Petersburg Junior College in the 60’s and 70’s.

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