Troy Center reaches highest level in veteran’s program

TROY — Veterans often carry experiences from their military service that present unique healthcare challenges, and unfortunately, many of them may not know about, or have access to, specialized care. To help provide veteran-centric care and support that reflects the important contributions made by these men and women, Troy Center, a 155-bed Genesis HealthCare skilled nursing center, has been participating in We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Troy Center has recently become a Level Four We Honor Veterans Partner, the highest recognition of this exciting program. As a Level Four Partner, Troy Center has:

• Increased its professional and organizational capacity to provide quality services for veterans and their families;

• Developed and strengthened partnerships with hospices, VA, veteran organizations and other health care organizations;

• Promoted hospice and palliative care for veterans; and

• Demonstrated the impact of its veteran-centric organizational programs.

“By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, We Honor Veteran Level Four Partners are better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending,” said NHPCO President and Chief Executive Officer J. Donald Schumacher. “In cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, these partners are now capable of providing tools to help support those they are caring for.”

“We are so proud to have achieved Level Four partner status with the We Honor Veterans program,” said Mark Johnston, center executive director. “We are honored to be able to offer special services to meet the unique needs of our Veteran patients.”

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, visit