Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Military veterans in need of skilled nursing home services will now need look no further than Atlantic County’s Meadowview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Northfield.
The county owned and operated facility has been approved for a five-year contract with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Wilmington Veterans Administration Medical Center. Meadowview will now begin accepting veterans for medical services covered by the Veterans Administration.
“We are pleased and eager to provide these services for our local veterans,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “This is something that Atlantic County has pursued from the time I became county executive. It is a huge accomplishment that was strongly supported by Congressman Frank LoBiondo as well as our veterans organizations and advocates, especially the late April Kauffman.
Meadowview is a 180-bed facility that offers subacute rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, IV and wound therapy, respite care, hospice care and long term care.
“Having these services available locally will not only benefit our veterans but also their family members who can more easily visit them and transport them without the complication of extensive travel,” added Levinson.
“Our staff takes great pride in the care we provide. We treat our patients like family,” explained Meadowview Administrator Michelle Savage. “The residents are equally as excited as staff to welcome our veterans. Our plans include transitioning an existing unit into a designated veterans’ wing.”
Savage noted that Meadowview has always held a special place for veterans as demonstrated by its annual Veterans Day program, monthly pizza parties coordinated by AmVets Post 911, as well as a new Healing Garden on the property where veterans can find comfort, beauty and solace.
“Our veterans are our heroes and they should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect for as long as they may live,” added Levinson. “Atlantic County will now have an opportunity to ensure this for those entrusted to our care.”