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Lancaster Rehabilitation Center has long been known as a skilled-nursing facility that is honored to serve those who served.

The latest salute to veterans is a permanent one. A year ago, Lancaster Rehab created a Veterans Wall just beyond the center’s reception area. Acting on a suggestion by the company’s Chief Operating Officer Joe Zimmerman, Lancaster Rehab created a recognition area honoring residents who served our country.

The wall currently serves as a Hall of Fame for the 21 residents who comprise the veterans’ neighborhood at Lancaster Rehab. Each resident is recognized with an 8- by 10-inch photo, along with the identity of his or her branch of service and dates of service.

For the second year, the Veterans Wall served as a backdrop for a Veterans Day recognition ceremony. This year’s event was held Thursday (Nov. 8) in the Lancaster Rehab Center dining room.

Veterans currently residing at Lancaster Rehab Center represent a history of service in three different wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam, according to Lancaster Rehab Center Life Enrichment Director Sara Sutter, who helped organize the special Veterans Day salute on Thursday. Refreshments were served, and each veteran honored at the program received a certificate presented by CHI Health At Home.

Service to vets

Lancaster Rehab, 1001 South St., is one of four skilled-nursing facilities in Lincoln with Veterans Administration (VA) contracts that ensure delivery of healthcare services to the veterans they serve.

"We've dedicated a specific 'neighborhood' for veterans within our traditional long-term care area," said Lancaster Rehabilitation Center Administrator Amy Fish. "Veterans have a commonality and enjoy each other's company. We have a veterans support group that meets monthly … those sessions are facilitated by a counselor. We also provide respite services through our VA contract, and hospice services, if they qualify."

Lancaster Rehab’s partnership with the Veterans Administration calls for periodic inspections. The reviews are considered standard procedure and are held in order to ensure that the LRC's quality of care meets environmental and clinical criteria. VA caseworkers also conduct monthly visits to ensure that veterans' needs are being met.

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