VA Palo Alto Health Care System Hosts Open House for State-of-the-Art Wellness Center - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


VA Palo Alto Health Care System Hosts Open House for State-of-the-Art Wellness Center

February 21, 2020

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Contact: Kim Betton, (650)

PALO ALTO - VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) announces the Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new facilities at its state-of-the-art Wellness Center (Center) on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. (PST) at 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, California, 94304, Building 530, Lobby. Following the ceremony, facility tours are available until 3:00 p.m. The media and public are invited to attend.

Veterans will have the opportunity to experience a new gymnasium that will open by the year’s end; mezzanine-level gait track, two state-of-the-art fitness rooms, as well as an area for holistic modalities (tai chi, yoga, Pilates, etc.).

“The Wellness Center is another component to enable Veterans to pursue active and healthy lives in a state-of the-art facility,” said VA Palo Alto Health Care System Director and U.S. Army Veteran Thomas J. Fitzgerald III. “We are excited to offer this great addition to our Veterans.”

The Wellness Center was originally developed in two phases. The first phase was the Therapy & Lap Pools, which opened in July 2013 and includes two saltwater pools offering:

  • Warm-water therapy pool (50 x 40 feet) with an accessible ramp
  • A six-lane, lap pool (75 x 50 feet)
  • Various aquatic therapy exercise programs will be provided to Veterans individually and in groups.

The Center was planned around a central courtyard and is adjacent to a future garden plaza on the east side of the campus, near Bldgs. 100 and 101. The triangular shaped front entry garden plaza to the west of the Wellness Center is designed to provide a garden setting, including a sensory garden.

The two buildings are collectively the Palo Alto Wellness Center and are designed to further support the recreation and therapy functions for Veterans.

About VA Palo Alto Health Care System
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore, Calif. Also, there are seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, Sonora and Fremont, Calif. These nationally-recognized facilities provide award-winning medical care and cutting-edge research and technology. Along with its academic affiliate at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the more than 6,200 staff and volunteers operate nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, showing its more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans that they are “Serving those who Served."