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 February 2019, there are 80 Fisher Houses located in the US, Germany and United Kingdom.
Fisher House Southern California, Inc. supports four Fisher Houses throughout Southern California, located at major military and VA medical centers, 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 LONG BEACH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
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 average stay 12-16 weeks), Soltes Blind Rehabilitation Unit (24 beds average stay 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.
FISHER HOUSE - NAVAL HOSPITAL CAMP PENDLETON
This facility provides a “home away from home” at no cost for families of patients admitted for medical care at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton or affiliated medical centers. The Fisher House represents the commitment to provide quality care and support to guests during a time of need. The Fisher House – Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton offers comfortably furnished rooms with bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living, dining, laundry and play rooms.
Due to the overwhelming demand to stay at this facility, Fisher House Southern California recently provided funds to convert an existing children’s playroom at the facility into a new guest room. The newly remodeled and furnished room hosted its first guests in October 2017, adding 365 additional free lodging nights to military families.
FISHER HOUSE - NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER SAN DIEGO
Fisher House Southern California, Inc. also serves as the community outreach and 501(c)(3) charity to support the two Fisher Houses at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. The first Fisher House at this location was built in 1993, and was the third Fisher House ever built. Currently, Fisher House Southern California, Inc. works closely with the Naval Medical Center San Diego Fisher House managers to arrange volunteers, and contributions of services and materials to improve the stays of the service members and veteran families at the two Fisher Houses at this location.
Most recently, the Secretary of the Navy recognized the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Fisher House as among the “best of the best” in lodging operations.
The NMCSD Fisher House was one of 14 Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, and Fisher House activities that received the 2017 Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award.
Named after the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, the award recognizes lodging facilities for exceeding the highest standards of excellence in the areas of management, facilities, finance and customer service, according to a November 14, 2017 announcement released by Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer.