Help St. Lucie County Land A New Veteran Nursing Home

St. Lucie County Chair Frannie Hutchinson and PSL Mayor JoAnn Faiella discuss the efforst being made to bring a new VA Nursing Home to the Tradition area.
St. Lucie County officials recently learned that the decision on the location for the state’s next veterans’ nursing home will not be included on the Aug. 19 Cabinet meeting agenda, as previously indicated. State officials have not yet announced when the Governor and Cabinet will make a decision on that item.

“We are obviously disappointed that the site selection of the state’s next veteran’s nursing is not being included on the Aug. 19 Cabinet meeting agenda. We feel confident that St. Lucie County followed all of the rules and guidelines in making its submission to the state to have the Tradition site included in the process. We are confident that once the Cabinet has the opportunity to review all the applications and sites that they will agree with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Site Selection Committee in selecting St. Lucie County’s site as the number one choice,” said St. Lucie County Commission Chair Frannie Hutchinson.

“We continue to ask that residents and businesses throughout the Treasure Coast contact state officials in support of having the state’s next nursing home be built in St. Lucie County,” added Hutchinson. “We look forward to this process moving along so that we can begin construction on a new state of the art facility for our veterans, so that they may get the quality health care that the so rightly deserve.”

St. Lucie County recently received notice that its 28.5-acre site in Tradition is the No. 1 ranked site for the 120-bed State Nursing Home. However, the project still needs to be finalized by Florida. Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet. After visiting the empty field west of Tradition Town Square on June 18, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Selection Committee ranked St. Lucie County’s site No. 1, followed closely by Marion County.

St. Lucie County Commissioners are asking residents to voice their support for the $36.1 million project by writing letters to the governor urging him to choose St. Lucie County over the other sites.

Local officials cite the nearby amenities and services including Tradition Medical Center, Fire Station 17, nursing schools, retail and hotel accommodations, easy access to I-95, and construction-ready utilities, including water, sewer and fiber availability – as the reason why the Tradition site should be chosen. This location would serve veterans needing long-term health care in an 11-county region. The site was donated to St. Lucie County by the Tradition Land Company and quickly rezoned to accommodate the future nursing home, which if built would employ roughly 190 people annually.  

The state has provided funding up to $11 million, which would be matched with federal dollars, to construct at least one new veterans’ nursing home in Florida. St. Lucie County currently ranks fourth on the state’s needs list. The estimated $36.1 million construction project along with the annual budget of more than $7 million in operations would provide an enormous economic benefit to the region. The 75-mile service area for the Treasure Coast currently houses an estimated 279,971 veterans; 145,242 of whom are over age 65. The closest existing State Veterans Homes are more than 200 miles away in all directions.

Residents interested in supporting this project are asked to contact:

Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 (850) 717-9239
850 / 488-9578 (fax)
rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

Colonel Mike Prendergast
Executive Director
Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
11351 Ulmerton Road, #311-K Largo, FL 33778-1630
727-518-3202
ExDir@fdva.state.fl.us

Pam Bondi Attorney General State of Florida The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050 (850) 245-0145
Pam.bondi@myfloridalegal.com

Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0300 (850) 413-2824
Jeff.Atwater@myfloridacfo.com

Adam Putnam
Commissioner of Agriculture
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0810 (850) 617-7747
adam.putnam@freshfromflorida.com

 

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