WHAT IS A FISHER HOUSE?
A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. As of November, 2020, there are 90 Fisher Houses located in the U.S., Germany and United Kingdom.
Fisher House Southern California, Inc. supports four Fisher Houses throughout Southern California including the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, and Naval Medical Center San Diego. Here’s a closer look at the houses we support:
FISHER HOUSE - VA
Located on the VA Long Beach Healthcare System’s Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center campus, the newest Fisher House in southern California broke ground October 6, 2015 and opened for families to stay in November, 2016. The 14,500 square foot, two-story house contains 16 suites, kitchen and laundry facilities, a living room, dining room, and back patio / sitting area complete with a BBQ.
The VA Long Beach Healthcare System provides comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and extended care programs. It employs more than 2,200 full-time employees, and is the health care provider of choice for more than 50,000 Veterans. Active in both research and education, partnering with universities and education centers across Southern California, it trains a new generation of health care leaders.
Many families staying at the Fisher House – Long Beach do so because of the VA Long Beach Healthcare System’s Spinal Cord Injury unit (90 beds with an average stay of 12-16 weeks), Soltes Blind Rehabilitation Unit (24 beds with an average stay of 4-8 weeks), Oncology Department, and Hospice. There is also a center of excellence in the research, design and use of prosthetics which draws patients from outside the area.