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Fisher Houses to Open in San Antonio, Honolulu, Landstuhl

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2000, Feb. 8, 2000 – Two more Fisher Houses in the United States and the first one in Germany are scheduled to open by spring 2001 to provide free lodging for out-of-town families visiting family members being treated at military medical centers.

Fisher House spokesman Jim Weiskopf said the 27th comfort house in the Fisher House network is scheduled to open at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, this fall. It will be the third house at Lackland and will accommodate out-of-town families of pediatric patients at Wilford Hall Medical Center, the Air Force's premier medical facility.

"Fisher House III at Lackland will be a professionally furnished and decorated one-story handicapped-accessible home with 10 living suites," Weiskopf noted. "It will have a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room. It will also have an inviting living room, complete with library and toys for children, two activity rooms and an administrative office."

A second house is planned for Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii next year. The first Fisher House built on foreign soil is scheduled to open at the Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, by the spring of 2001, Weiskopf said.

The first two Fisher Houses at Lackland were built in 1992 and 1994. The third home will be built on the fourth corner of a rectangular block where the other two Fisher Houses and the Admiral Boorda Center for Children with Special Needs are located.

"Prior to his death in June 1999, Fisher House founder Zachary Fisher asked trustees of the Fisher House Foundation to consider building a third house at Lackland to support pediatric patients at Wilford Hall," Weiskopf said. Foundation trustees honored his request and added the houses in Hawaii and Germany. The foundation is the nonprofit organization established to carry on Fisher's legacy, he said.

Weiskopf said nearly 40,000 families of patients receiving care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers have stayed at Fisher Houses since the first comfort home opened in 1990.

"They saved nearly $30 million over the cost of commercial lodging," he noted. "More importantly, these homes have enabled families to remain together in the midst of a medical crisis, free from financial concerns and able to support a loved on during the healing process." He said the average stay at a Fisher House is 12 days. However, families have stayed from three to 50 days.

More information about Fisher Houses can be found on the Internet at www.fisherhouse.org.

 Fisher House Directory

California

David Grant USAF Medical Center

100 Bodin Circle

Travis AFB, CA 94535

Phone: (707) 423-7551

Fax: (707) 423-7552

Manager: Kim Briand

E-mail address: TravisFisherHouse@aol.com

Naval Medical Center, San Diego

Building 46

San Diego, CA 94535

Phone: (619) 532-9055

Fax: (619) 532-5216

Manager: David Esposito

E-mail address: davidesr@juno.com

Colorado

Denver VA Medical Center

1055 Clermont St.

Denver, CO 80220-3873

Phone: (303) 364-4616

Fax: (303) 393-4679

Manager: Jan Chasteen

E-mail address: DenverVAFH@aol.com

District of Columbia

Walter Reed Army Medical Center (2 Houses)

6825 Georgia Ave., N.W.

Washington DC, 20307-5001

Phone: (301) 295-7374

Fax: (301) 295-8012

Manager: Vivian Wilson

E-mail address: WRFisher2A@aol.com

Web site: www.wramc.amedd.army.mil/fisher/

Florida

West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

7305 North Military Trail, Route 122

West Palm Beach, FL 33410-6400

Phone: (561) 882-7180

Fax: (561) 882-6565

Manager: Teresa del Rio

E-mail address: delrio.teresa_a@west-palm.va.gov

Georgia

Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center

Fisher House Road, Building 280

Fort Gordon, GA 30905-5650

Phone: (706) 787-7100 Fax: (706) 787-5106

Manager: Francisco Cruz

E-mail address: FHEAMC@aol.com

Web site: www.ddeamc.amedd.army.mil/Visitor/FISHER.HTM

Hawaii

Tripler Army Medical Center

315 Krukowski Road

Honolulu, HI 96819

Phone: (808) 433-1291

Fax: (808) 433-3619

Manager: Kathy Gregory

E-mail address: FHTAMC@aol.com

Maryland

Malcolm Grow Medical Center

1076 West Perimeter Road

Andrews AFB, MD 20762

Phone: (301) 981-1243

Fax: (301) 981-7629

Manager: Janet Grampp

E-mail address: FHAndrews@aol.com

National Naval Medical Center (2 Houses)

24 Stokes Road

Bethesda, MD 20814-5002

Phone: (301) 295-5334

Fax: (301) 295-5632

Manager: Albert Harrison

Director: Karen Stansbury

E-mail address: KarStan@erols.com

Minnesota

Minneapolis VA Medical Center

One Veterans Drive

Minneapolis, MN 55417

Phone: (612) 725-1965

Fax: (612) 970-5864

Managers: Maggie Swenson, Jerry Hanson, Cathy Larson and Janice

Pepperdine

E-mail address: Gerald_L.Hanson@Minneapolis.va.gov

Mississippi

Keesler Medical Center

509 Fisher St.

Keesler AFB, MS 39534-2599

Phone: (228) 377-8264

Fax (228) 377-7691

Manager: Larry Vetter

E-mail address: FisherHouse@keesler.af.mil

New York

Stratton VA Medical Center

113 Holland Ave.

Albany, NY 12208

Phone: (518) 462-3311, ext. 2800

Fax (518) 462-3596

Director: JoAnne Saulsbery

E-mail address: FisherNY@aol.com

North Carolina

Womack Army Medical Center

12 Bassett St.

Fort Bragg, NC 28307-5000

Phone: (910) 432-1486

Fax: (910) 432-3825

Manager: Paula Gallero

E-mail address: FHWAMC@aol.com

Ohio

U.S. Air Force Medical Center (2 Houses)

415 Schlatter Drive

Wright-Patterson AFB, 45433-1144

Phone: (937) 257-0855

Fax: (937) 656-2150

Manager: Julie Quinn

Assistant Manager: Pat Walters

E-mail address: Julie.Quinn@WPAFB.AF.MIL

Texas

Brooke Army Medical Center (2 Houses)

Building 3623, George C. Beach Road

Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200

Phone: (210) 225-4855, ext. 101

Fax: (210) 270-2560

Manager: Inge Godfrey

E-mail address: FHBAMC@aol.com

Darnall Army Community Hospital

36000 Darnall Loop

Fort Hood, TX 76544-4752

Phone: (254) 286-7927

Fax: (254) 286-7929

Manager: Issac Howard

E-mail address: FHHood@aol.com

Web site: www.hood-meddac.army.mil/Fisher/FISHER_home_page.htm

Wilford Hall Medical Center (2 Houses)

2580 Luke Blvd., Building 3810

Lackland AFB, TX 78236

Phone: (210) 292-3000

Fax: (210) 292-3031

Manager: Earl Falk

E-mail address: FisherH@connecti.com

William Beaumont Army Medical Center

5005 North Piedras St.

El Paso, TX 79920-5001

Phone: (915)569-1860

Fax: (915) 569-1862

Manager: Harry Hicks

E-mail address: FHWBAMC@aol.com

Virginia

Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth I (Apartments)

313 Green St.

Portsmouth, VA 23704

Phone: (757) 399-5461

Manager: Sarah Leonard

E-mail address: SARLEON@aol.com

Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth II (On-Base)

853 Williamson Drive, Building 287

Portsmouth, VA 23708

Phone:(757) 953-6889

Fax: (757) 953-7174

Manager: Loretta Loveless

E-mail address: FishrHouse@msn.com

Washington

Madigan Army Medical Center

9999 Wilson Ave.

Fort Lewis, WA 98433

Phone: (253) 964-9283 Fax: (253) 968-3619

Manager: Donna Turner

E-mail address: FHMAMC@aol.com

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