Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
Biloxi VA CLC Hosts Parade
BILOXI, Miss. – The Biloxi VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center (CLC) hosted the “CLC Family Cruising the VA Parade” May 11 through the organization’s campus.
The brief parade was designed to allow Veterans the opportunity to see family members and friends during the ongoing global health crisis, something event co-organizer Biloxi VA Medical Center CLC Nurse Manager Holli Bolton said is critical to the ongoing care Veterans at the facility receive.
“These Veterans have had no visitors for weeks because of the health crisis we’re all experiencing,” Bolton said. “This gave our Veterans the chance to see their loved ones and friends while maintaining physical distancing and gave them a chance for interaction – if only from a distance – with the community we all call home.”
The VA is currently following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and limiting visitors for patients in VA facilities, as well as observing physical distancing recommendations.
Several families of Veterans at the Biloxi VA Medical Center CLC drove through the campus, holding up signs of support for their family members. Additionally, Mississippi Gulf Coast Corvette Club will also participate in the event, as well as numerous Gulf Coast area motorcycle clubs.
Event co-organizer Tonya Fountain-Adams, also a nurse manager at the Biloxi VA Medical Center CLC, said that while much of what the CLC staff does involves hands-on care, but ensuring Veterans’ morale remains high is another aspect of what they do each day.
“These Veterans haven’t had a chance to have visitors since March because of the ongoing health care crisis,” she said. “This is a chance for not only them to see family and friends, but to celebrate them, to let them know that they are always appreciated.”
The Biloxi Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, along with the Mobile, Pensacola, Eglin and Panama City VA Clinics are all part of the GCVHCS, which is headquartered in Biloxi, Mississippi, and provides a variety of medical outpatient services to more than 70,000 Veterans.