Southeastern Veterans’ Center (SEVC) is located in Spring City, Chester County. It houses 184 skilled nursing care residents and 54 personal care residents. It is one of six state facilities operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
A search by a special selection committee began November 22, 1983 to determine a site for a third veteran's home. At the time, there was only the Erie Soldiers' and Sailors' Home and the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, providing space for approximately 370 veterans. Spring City was designated as the new site on January 3, 1985. The Department of Military Affairs took possession of the 120 acres a few days before Christmas in 1986. In February 1990, work began on a project to convert Horizon Hall, one of the 40 buildings of Pennhurst, to skilled nursing care facility for 194 veterans. Horizon Hall was dedicated on May 20, 1993 as Coates Hall, named after retired Brigadier General John B. Coates
SEVC currently accommodates 238 veterans. The new four-story building, with 140,000 square feet of living space, has 120 skilled nursing beds of which 30 are reserved for veterans with memory impairment and are located on the ground floor of the new building. The building was designed based on "Community Living Center" concept, intended to de-institutionalize long-term care by eliminating large nursing facilities and creating a more home-like setting. Each resident in the new building has a private bedroom, full bath and television. This innovative concept offers privacy, support, enjoyment and a place to call home.
The rooms are arranged in family style units that house no more than 15 residents. The focus of each unit is the kitchenette/ dining room which congregate the residents in a homelike setting for meals. At the entrance to each unit are the living and adjacent activity rooms which allows for group activities and for residents to socialize with their neighbors.
Each unit provides our residents 24-hour care and offers a complete range of clinical services under the direction of physicians and other licensed health care professionals. Additional services of a specialized nature, such as mental health services, podiatry, and speech/audiology therapy, are also provided as necessary to maintain a resident's quality of life.
Immediately off each living room residents can exit unto a screened porch which affords the resident opportunities to “go outside” while the structural screen offers safety and supervision for all residents.
Immediately attached to the new building is a glassed lined passage way to “Main Street” which support a resident bank, post office, all denominational chapel, library, clinic, barber/stylist shop, canteen and a multipurpose meeting room.
The second floor of Coates Hall houses 64 skilled nursing beds in a variety of private, semi private and quad rooms. A common dining room is shared between each of the two housing units. Each housing unit serves 32 residents and is equipped with a kitchenette, combination television and activities room as well as a quite room.
The fourth floor of Coates Hall was renovated to house 54 personal care beds in a variety of private and semi private rooms. A common dining room is shared between each of the two housing units. Each housing unit serves 27 residents and is equipped with a kitchenette, combination television and activities room as well as a quite room.
The ground floor of Coates Hall contains a large multipurpose room sufficient to house large group activities. In addition, the Tighlman Hall dining facility is located immediately adjacent to both buildings and is an ideal venue for bringing together residents of both buildings for large group activities, wood shop and festivals.