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Fisher House Breaks Ground in Boston
Date:10/30/2008

Organization Helps Families of New England Veterans Undergoing Medical Treatment

BOSTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Fisher House Boston announced today that construction has begun on a new facility that will provide free accommodations to families of New England veterans undergoing medical treatment at VA medical facilities. Fisher House Boston will serve the New England region. Community leaders, elected officials and representatives from the Fisher House Foundation celebrated the start of construction with a groundbreaking for Fisher House Boston. U.S. Senator John Kerry joined Michelle Keating, Chairwoman of Fisher House Boston, Michael Lawson, Director of the VA Boston Healthcare System, Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, Network Director of VA New England and David Coker of the Fisher House Foundation in the ceremony. Fisher House Boston will provide families of loved ones who are being treated at the West Roxbury VA Hospital with a warm and caring home away from home at no charge. The success in treating injured veterans directly relates to the ability of loved ones and families to be near them during the recovery process.

"We are honored to be bringing the first Fisher House to the New England region, where there are thousands of veterans who will need critical medical treatment," said Michelle Keating, Chairwoman of Fisher House Boston. "Keeping patients near their families as they are undergoing treatment has been proven to enhance the healing process. Fisher House Boston will enhance the quality of care received by patients of the West Roxbury VA Medical Center by bridging the gap between injured service members and families who would otherwise be separated by distance."

The Fisher House Boston will feature 20 suites, a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a spacious dining room, a living room with a library and toys for children. In order to complete construction of the building, Fisher House Boston is planning to raise $3 million in private
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