Veterans Welcome Back to Renovated Facility

Veterans Welcome Back to Renovated Facility

"We feel very strongly about patient safety. That is our primary concern and when there's any risk whatsoever, even if it is minimal, we're still going to make sure we take every effort to make sure that things are right," said Timothy Cooke, Acting Medical Center Director.
MARTINSBURG, W. Va. -On Friday, the Martinsburg Veteran Affairs Medical Center welcomed back veterans for a special reopening. This group of veterans was relocated after discovering mold in the air conditioning units in August.

"It does feel good to be back," said Veteran Jennifer Snider

Jennifer Snider is one of 45 veterans relocated after mold was found in the air conditioning units.

"The relocation was, I saw it as a temporary situation. And I kept that attitude the whole time," said Snider. "Things happen. And the staff were accommodating as they could be."

Medical Center officials say the health risks connected to the common mold found were low but they still took precautions.

"We feel very strongly about patient safety. That is our primary concern and when there's any risk whatsoever, even if it is minimal, we're still going to make sure we take every effort to make sure that things are right," said Timothy Cooke, Acting Medical Center Director.

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center renovated 45 of these new rooms for relocated veterans. 23 are back and they expect the others in the next couple of weeks.

Cooke says this renovation was a chance to make the facility feel more like home.

"The best way to recover is at home," said Cooke. "And if you're not home, the best thing we can do is make it feel like home. So if you're comfortable in your environment, your care is improved, your recovery is enhanced."

In addition to new rooms, the Martinsburg VA Medical Center has completed a new recreation center and dining facility for those veterans.
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