AMVETS organization donates to
Quincy Veterans' Home
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Funds will benefit the R.E. Northern Guest
House and the Markword Infirmary
[JUNE 26, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
AMVETS Health Care Facility has announced a donation of $210,000 to
the Illinois Veterans' Home
at Quincy for renovation of the R.E Northern Guest House. An
additional $18,000 will be donated by the Illinois AMVETS Service
Foundation for a new fence around the patio of the Markword
Infirmary, which will allow the residents to enjoy the outdoors with
an added safety feature.
The donation for the guesthouse came
out of concern that the house would have to close due to life safety
code violations found during a recent inspection by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs. Due to the VA's concerns, the
residents of the home will not be permitted to stay overnight with
family members until the renovation is completed.
The home has identified four, two-bed
bedrooms in a separate building on the grounds, and those facilities
will be used in lieu of the guesthouse rooms during renovation. On
an average, approximately eight guests stay every night in the
house. Any additional visitors will have to stay in local hotels,
which have offered great rates to visiting families.
The first floor of the two-story
guesthouse will remain open while engineering design work is
conducted. After remodeling is complete, the second floor will once
again be used, with a total capacity of 28 visitors. Time of
completion of the project is estimated from six to eight months.
"The guesthouse is a great service for
our residents and their families," said Mike Hutmacher,
administrator of the Quincy Veterans' Home. "Their safety and
well-being is our greatest concern. Over the years, the AMVETS and
many of its posts and auxiliaries throughout Illinois have been very
generous with the time and money that they provide to the veterans
who reside at the Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy, and [we] look
forward to working with them for many years to come. We thank the
Illinois AMVETS Health Care Facility for this tremendous
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AMVETS has provided service and support
to America's veterans and to their communities for almost 60 years.
"I would like to personally thank the
AMVETS organization for their commitment to the residents and their
spouses of the Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy, as well as all
Illinois veterans," said Roy L. Dolgos, director of the Illinois
Department of Veterans' Affairs. "Their pledge to support veterans
and their communities is visible with this generous donation."
1886, the Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy is one of the larger and
older veterans homes in the country. All levels of health care,
ranging from domiciliary to skilled nursing care and two Alzheimer's
units, are offered at the home. Today over 530 veterans and their
spouses call the facility home.
Department of Veterans' Affairs