The Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs announced plans for the construction of a new 200-bed skilled nursing facility, improvements to MacArthur Hall, which is used for personal care residents, as well as the sale of two underutilized parcels of land at its 220-acre Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home campus in Blair County.
As part of the new Skilled Nursing Facility Project, a new three-story, 170,000 square foot skilled nursing facility on HVH’s existing property is currently in the design phase with construction plans to begin during fiscal year 2023. The project will take approximately two years.
MacArthur Hall upgrades will include critical infrastructure upgrades such as the installation of a new roof and new windows; install new LED lights; expansion of the main dining room; and the construction of an addition to the dietary zone. Construction is expected to begin in early 2023 and take approximately one year.
The home, which opened in June 1977 after DMVA took over facilities from the former Hollidaysburg State Hospital, currently has a total of 424 beds and provides skilled nursing, memory care and personal care in three residential buildings.
Eisenhower Hall and Arnold Hall offer a total of 257 skilled nursing beds, including 26 memory care beds. MacArthur Hall offers 167 personal care beds.
“These two construction projects will increase the operational efficiency of the staff; improve energy savings, maintenance and operations; and, above all, to improve the quality of life of veterans and their spouses residing there,” said Travis Davis, executive director of long-term care for DMVA’s six veterans homes.
The Hollidaysburg home is one of six veterans homes operated by the DMVA.