2021 Newsmaker: Carly MacDonald

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Carly MacDonald

Administrator

Michigan Veteran Homes-Grand Rapids

In an effort to expand quality, long-term care for veterans and their family members in West Michigan, Michigan Veteran Homes (MVH) celebrated the opening of its Grand Rapids home in September 2021. The Grand Rapids location marks the third MVH in the state.

Funding for the project came through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs State Home Construction Grant Program, which contributed $40.9 million, and the state of Michigan, which covered the remaining $22 million for a total project cost of $62.9 million.

The state-of-the-art facility has the capacity to serve 128 veterans and dependents in need of skilled nursing care and occupies 153,000 square feet consisting of four distinct neighborhood buildings, a community center, an outdoor courtyard and a memorial garden. The space offers private rooms with en-suite baths and shared living and dining spaces. The community center features therapeutic facilities for behavioral, occupational, physical and group therapy; an exam room; chapel; barbershop and salon; cafe bistro; and a gift shop.

MVH hired Carly MacDonald as the administrator for the Grand Rapids campus in September to oversee daily operations.

“As a granddaughter and daughter of veterans, I learned at an early age the importance of serving others and our country,” MacDonald said. “It’s an exciting time for our team at Grand Rapids as we transition to our new home, and I look forward to meeting and getting to know our veteran members, volunteers and staff.”

MVH-GR’s memorial garden also received a 2021 Community Landscape Beautification Award from the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association to enhance the outdoor space and benefit its members. 

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