In honor of Veteran’s Day, The Green House Project wants to give a shout out to the VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) in Danville, Illinois. This team never lost sight of their dream: bringing a real home environment to their Community Living Centers (CLCs). For six years staff at VAIHCS worked tirelessly to make this dream a reality. Finally in December 2011, they opened their first Green House home, and then the second home one month later. Over the next year, two more Green House homes will open.
This week, the team was notified that they received the 2012 Under Secretary for Health’s Award for Innovation in VA Community Living Centers. This award is given to a VA that has shown real leadership and innovation in veterans’ care. The organization receiving this award has shown change in the following areas: work practices, care practices, environment of care, leadership, and government and community relationships.
This award is a testament to the determination and passion of all the individuals involved in this effort. A comment from one veteran who said, “I never thought I would be living in a home again” or a staff member who stated that “I look forward to coming to work and I am in no hurry to leave at the end of my shift” is all the proof they need to know this initiative was worth it.