The Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) at Stony Brook University celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special ceremony on Friday, October 29.

Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis said the university is proud to be home to such an important facility, “a resource and monument to the heroes of our country.”

“Over the past 30 years, the next 30 years, the next and the next … the lives of our servicemen and women will always be nurtured and honored,” said McInnis, who thanked the Veterans in Residence for ” to have protected our freedom. “

The Long Island State Veterans Home opened on October 25, 1991, after more than 12 years of intensive planning and construction. The 350-bed skilled nursing facility provides 24-hour nursing and subacute care to veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and has cared for more than 15,000 veterans.

Long Island State Veterans Home Executive Director Fred Sganga addresses the crowd at the 30th anniversary celebration on October 29, 2021.

Its mission is twofold. First, to provide the highest quality and most comprehensive health services to Long Islands veterans, and second, to serve as a model site for research, education and training for long-term care and health professionals. geriatrics of tomorrow.

The Veterans Home is also a major educational affiliate of Stony Brook Medicine and continues to be one of the only nursing homes in the country to be fully integrated with the health and education mission of a major university in the United States. teaching and research. This affiliation allows The Home to provide Long Island veterans with access to the best medical professionals in the New York metro area and the most advanced medical technology.

“The Home is an integral part of Stony Brook Medicine and continues to serve as a training site for physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and dietitians who will continue to help our country’s aging population contribute and prosper.” , McInnis said.

Speakers at the ceremony included New York State Assembly Member Steven Englebright, Suffolk County Lawmaker Kara Hahn, LISVH Executive Director Fred Sganga, Acting Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine, Dr William Wertheim, LISVH Chaplain, Reverend Gregory Leonard and LISVH President Robert Smith.

“We continue to be honored to take care of the 1%,” Sganga said. “The 1% of Americans who wore the uniform. We owe a debt of gratitude to these brave women and men, and Stony Brook University’s decision to operate a state veterans home pays tribute to everyone in our region who served in the armed forces.

The ceremony included the dedication and unveiling of a commemorative statue of a flying eagle, “Honoring Our Residents, Families, Volunteers and Staff”.

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