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VA Maryland Health Care System


Health Watch Spring 2017

Artist's rendering of new Community Living Center to be built at the Perry Point VA Medical Center.

New Community Living Center Update

The VA Maryland Health Care System is anticipating awarding a contract for the construction of the long-awaited replacement Community Living Center (CLC) on the campus of the Perry Point VA Medical Center later this year. Congressional authorization for the project's funding came in late 2016.

Within VA, CLCs provide care similar to that found in community nursing homes. At Perry Point, CLC units are currently spread throughout the campus in buildings 14H, 23H and 25H. While numerous efforts have been taken to create a safe and patient-centered environment that resembles a home like setting, the layout and age of these buildings restrict what can ultimately be achieved.

The new 172,000 square foot facility will replace the CLC units in all three buildings at Perry Point. It will be built along the waterfront with a design that fully incorporates the innovative "small house" concept that has been demonstrated to have success in other facilities.

Each house will be "L" shaped and two adjoining houses will create a square-shaped "pod" with an internal courtyard. The entire CLC complex will consist of a dozen twelve-bed houses (making up six "pods") with one stand-alone, eleven-bed house for a total of 155-beds. Each of the thirteen houses will have a great room (living and dining space), with an adjoining kitchen where meals will be prepared and served, a den, home office and a courtyard with a patio. The design also includes a community center building located at the center of the complex with multiple amenities for all CLC residents to enjoy, including an outdoor promenade with a covered terrace and views of the Chesapeake Bay.

Once construction on the new CLC begins, it is anticipated to take two years
to complete.

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