Governor picks panel to steer veterans' home
By The Associated Press
http://billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/06/10/news/state/52-panel.txt

BUTTE - Gov. Brian Schweitzer has named a six-member committee to set the criteria for a $10 million veterans' home the state plans to build in southwestern Montana.

"The first exercise of the group will be to decide what the parameters are for each proposal from the counties," said Kelly Williamson, administrator of the senior and long-term care division with the state Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The committee, which includes a veteran from each county vying for the 100-bed long-term care facility, will then accept and evaluate proposals.

The facility can be built in Madison, Jefferson, Beaverhead, Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Powell or Silver Bow counties.

The legislation authorizing the new home requires the community that gets the facility to donate the land, which must include access to basic utilities.

"The six communities involved will have to get together on their own and put their best foot forward," said Jon Sesso, a Butte lawmaker who pushed for the veterans' home.

Members of the committee are Tom Straugh of Dillon, Bill Willing of Anaconda, Larry Lattin of Boulder, Willie Blazer of Ennis, Lyle Gillette of Deer Lodge and Robert Pavlovich of Butte.

The committee will have the assistance of three state employees: Jim Whaley, an architect with the Department of Administration, Dave Williamson with Veterans' Affairs and Gary Gaub with the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The state owns and operates the Montana Veteran's Home in Columbia Falls, a 105-bed nursing facility with a 15-bed special care unit.

The state oversees a contract for the operation of the Eastern Montana Veterans' Nursing Home in Glendive.

The EMVH is an 80-bed intermediate/ skilled-care facility, including a 16-bed Alzheimer's unit.



















Process begins for SW Montana veteran's home
By Gazette News Services
http://billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/06/09/news/state/55-butte.txt

BUTTE - Gov. Brian Schweitzer has named a six-member committee to set the criteria for a $10 million veteran's home the state plans to build in southwestern Montana.

The committee, which includes a veteran from each county vying for the 100-bed long-term care facility, will then accept and evaluate proposals.

The facility can be built in Madison, Jefferson, Beaverhead, Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Powell or Silver Bow county.

The legislation authorizing the new home requires the community that gets the facility to donate the land.

Members of the committee are: Tom Straugh of Dillon, Bill Willing of Anaconda, Larry Lattin of Boulder, Willie Blazer of Ennis, Lyle Gillette of Deer Lodge and Robert Pavlovich of Butte.



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