Thursday, April 9, 2009

Humana Military Healthcare Services Financially Supports the Creation of the Fisher House for Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) – Humana Military Healthcare Services (HMHS), TRICARE contractor for the South Region, announces its sponsorship of a new Fisher House being built in Augusta, Georgia at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. This medical center is the only VA facility with an active duty rehabilitation unit, the largest spinal cord injury unit and one of 10 facilities with a Blind Rehab Center. The new Fisher House in Augusta will offer twenty suites within walking distance of the medical center for families of Active Duty Service Members and veterans receiving inpatient medical care.

“Families play an important role in the recovery of these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much,” said Dave Baker, president and CEO of HMHS. “Humana Military is pleased to help deserving military and veterans’ families through our support of a new Fisher House in Augusta. During a time of need, this home will provide them a place to stay near their loved ones, at no cost to them. It’s a gift that will keep on giving for years to come, and we are proud to be involved.”

The Fisher House program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. The “comfort homes” are built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers and allows family members to be close to their loved ones while they are receiving treatment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 10,000 families, and has made nearly 2.5 million days of lodging available to family members since the program originated in 1990.

Currently, the nearest Fisher House is located at the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia. For more information, please visit

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