North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
Fisher House - Gainesville
The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) Fisher House is a beautiful “home away from home" for families of Veterans and military Servicemembers receiving care at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. The Fisher House enables family members to be close to their loved one during hospitalization by providing comfortable lodging, in a beautiful and relaxing setting, only steps away from the Medical Center. There is no charge for families staying at the Fisher House.
A Special Thank You......
For years the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild, Patriotic Bee, Gainesville, Florida have provided quilts for Fisher House guests. They are given to families at Christmas, Veterans Day or other special holidays or events. The quilts are so special and specifically crafted to share their appreciation for the Veteran and the secret sacrifice of the family members who support them. A recent donation was a “Morse Code” quilt. It was such a unique gift and the quilter included a cheat sheet so we would know the codes for each letter. We will find the right home for this one and all the quilts donated to our families.
The NF/SGVHS Fisher House is the 24th VA Fisher House and the 86th overall Fisher House and opened for guests on July 7, 2014.
The NF/SGVHS Fisher House is a two-story, 16,000 square foot home that offers 20 spacious private guest rooms. Guests share the fully equipped, gourmet kitchen, dining room with seating for 24, living room with library and guest computer, family room with a flat screen TV and a private outdoor patio. Other features include modern laundry facilities, WiFi in the common areas, TV service and wheelchair accessibility. Most importantly, the Fisher House has staff and volunteers to support our military Servicemembers, Veterans and their families.
Far Top: Bust in front entry hallway depicting Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, Founders, Fisher House Program
Top Left: Front living room with library area; Top Right: Dining Room
Middle: Gourmet kitchen
Bottom Right: guest bedroom; Bottom Left: guest bathroom
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The Fisher House Foundation donates these "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The local community is asked to raise a portion of the cost of a Fisher House, and the Fisher House Foundation contributes the rest. The Gainesville Fisher House Foundation, non-profit foundations, businesses, Veterans Service Organizations, members of our community, and Congressional delegations were responsive to the need for a Fisher House in Gainesville. We thank them for their assistance in reaching our fund raising goal! For more information on the Fisher House Foundation, please visit www.fisherhouse.org.*
Support the NF/SGVHS Fisher House
You can be a part of the Fisher House mission. The NF/SGVHS Fisher House depends on donations from individuals and groups to support its programs. Funds will be used to support the ongoing, daily needs of the Fisher House as well as to enhance the stay of Fisher House guests. Donations can be made two different ways:
1. The Gainesville Fisher House Foundation provides significant support to the Fisher House and can be contacted regarding donations, scheduling community meals, meeting other needs of the house and more. If you are interested, please see www.gainesvillefisherhouse.org.*
Gainesville Fisher House Foundation
PO Box 358296
Gainesville, FL 32635
2. To make a donation directly to the NF/SGVHS Fisher House, please contact Gainesville VA Voluntary Service or mail your donation to:
Gainesville VAMC – Voluntary Service
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-376-1611 ext. 106068
Frequently Asked Questions
What criteria must one meet to stay at the Fisher House?
Fisher House guests must be family members, Caregivers, or loved ones of a hospitalized Veteran or Servicemember who live 50 miles or more from the Medical Center. Guests must be able to care for themselves or be accompanied by a Caregiver.
How many rooms are there and what will it cost the guest?
There is no charge to stay in one of 20 suites.
Are dining facilities available?
The Fisher House has a spacious dining room and a well equipped kitchen for guests to use. Some food items are provided through community donations, but guests should be prepared to purchase their own groceries. Individualized refrigerator and storage space is provided.
How does one ask to stay at the Fisher House?
The Veteran or Servicemember’s Social Worker or Treatment Team must complete a consult. Guests cannot be accepted without this consult.
What is the availability?
A room cannot be guaranteed after a consult is placed. Confirmation of a room is based upon availability. The potential guest will then be contacted the day before an intended arrival to confirm a room.
For more information about the NF/SGVHS Fisher House, contact the Fisher House Manager at 352-548-6492.
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Gainesville: on the campus of the Malcom Randall VAMC, Northwest of the Ambulatory Care Entrance
Street Address: 1601 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608
Hours of Operation
Administrative Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week
Visiting Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., 7 days a week