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 January 2018, there are 75 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 VA Long Beach Medical Center, 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 MEDICAL CENTER
The newest Fisher House in southern California, Fisher House – VA Long Beach Medical Center, broke ground October 6, 2015 and opened for families to stay in November, 2016. The house is two-story, 16 suites (approximately 14,500 SF) and built on the campus of the VA Long Beach. The VA Long Beach Medical Center serves over 55,000 veterans and active duty personnel. Nearly 20,000 of these patients are veterans or active duty personnel of Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with over 9% of those being women. Outpatient visits for 2015 totaled almost 700,000.
A majority of our users who come from outside our area do so because of our: 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.
For 2017, the Long Beach Fisher House averaged 90%+ occupancy with an average family stay of 17 days, including five long-term families. 13% of visitors have been children, and volunteers have provided over 379 hours of support, including over 20 volunteer events for the year.
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.