SC Department of Mental Health News Release

February 2, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Hutto
                Public & Legislative Affairs
                SCDMH
                803-898-8584

Committee Names New Veterans’ Nursing Home for Colleton County

Columbia, SC – At its February 1, 2005, meeting, the South Carolina Mental Health Commission unanimously approved the recommendation of a committee to name the new veterans’nursing home in Walterboro, SC, the Veterans’ Victory House.

A 220 bed facility, the home will provide services to elderly and handicapped veterans. Early 2006 is the anticipated completion date, and ground breaking was May 28, 2004.

The facility will have five wings, or pavilions, named for the following service men: Lance Corporal Michael Sauls (United States Marine Corps), Lance Corporal Rodney Williams (United States Marine Corps), Captain John Truluck (United States Air Force), Staff Sergeant Eugene Lyons (United States Army), and Master Sergeant Francis “Frank” Currey (United States Army). Mr. Currey is also a South Carolina recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) has responsibility for operating the nursing home. SCDMH already operates the Richard Michael Campbell Nursing Home, a 220 bed facility for veterans in Anderson, SC, and a 90 bed facility for veterans in Columbia, SC, part of Tucker Nursing Care Center.

Mr. Bernard Warshaw, Walterboro business and civic leader and South Carolina Mental Health Commissioner Emeritus, chaired a committee formed last year to name the new facility and to bring a recommendation to the Mental Health Commission for its approval.

Said Mr. Warshaw, “This nursing home is dedicated to those veterans from all wars who sacrificed to make the United States the greatest beacon to freedom in the world. Our state and our nation are truly grateful for their contributions.”

Besides Mr. Warshaw, other people on the naming committee included Joe Hamilton of Green Pond, SC; Sarah Kirchman, SCDMH, Columbia, SC; Mac Magee, St. Stephens, SC; Robert Weaver, South Carolina Office of Veterans Affairs; Bobby Kelly, Georgetown, SC; and Senator Larry Grooms, Bonneau, SC.

Representing Berkeley-Charleston-Colleton-Dorchester counties, Senator Grooms was also instrumental in getting the veterans’ nursing home to Colleton County. He said, “This is a great day for all veterans, especially those from the Palmetto State. I appreciate all that veterans have done for our nation and am honored to have been a part of naming this nursing home.”

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