The new Radcliff Veterans Center is under construction and hiring staff in preparation for the opening estimated for mid-2016.
The center’s administrator Israel Ray said the skilled nursing facility will provide top quality care for those who have served their country.
"It will be unlike any long-term care facility in the state of Kentucky, in terms of the services and the layout that is set up for those veterans who will reside at the Radcliff Veterans Center," said Ray. "It will on a beautiful park-like naturistic setting.”
The center is on 194 acres donated by Fort Knox. A total of 120 veterans will live in the campus-like community. Ray said the staff and the design of the center will create a quality, home-like community for those who have served their country.
“No one will have to share. In the typical model there’s a piece of fabric or a cubical curtain, if you will, that separates two individuals in a semi-private room," said Ray. "That will not be the case for the Radcliff Veterans Center. Every veteran will have their own private suite.”
The center is currently hiring eight administrative staff, mostly as department heads. More hiring will follow, to staff up to a total of about 200 employees.
The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are 16,000 veterans in Hardin County. That’s in addition to 56,000 veterans in Jefferson County and 7,000 in Bullitt County.