NORTHFIELD — Meadowview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will debut its new veterans wing and health care services at a December ceremony open to families and the public.

The rehabilitation center, at 235 Dolphin Ave., will hold a meet-and-greet event as well as a ribbon cutting for the new wing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, which is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Meadowview is a 180-bed facility that offers sub-acute rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapies, speech therapy, intravenous and wound therapy, respite care, hospice and long-term care. Officials said they transformed an existing unit into a designated veterans health care area.

The center was awarded a five-year contract earlier this year with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide covered medical services for veterans and expand health care options for veterans in South Jersey.

Eastern Pines Convalescent Center in Atlantic City was also awarded a contract.

The facility has previously offered veterans services but can now provide them with coverage from the VA.

“We were able to convince ... Veterans (Affairs) to offer veterans the same VA medical services here in their own community that they previously had to travel out of state and on a bus for more than 100 miles round trip to receive,” County Executive Dennis Levinson said in a statement.

South Jersey veterans earlier this year said the expansions were a long time coming and were needed to close gaps in health care services for veterans.

The new wing at Meadowview includes 30 beds and has been decorated with military photos and flags representing the six U.S. military branches of service. The flags were donated by the Brigantine Elks Lodge 2482.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. followed by tours throughout the day. Representatives from the VA Clinic in Northfield will be on hand, with education and informational materials, as will other community partners.

Current veteran residents at Meadowview will be treated to a pizza party provided by AmVets Post 911 at noon.

“We are extremely proud of Meadowview and of this opportunity to expand our services for the benefit of all veterans entrusted to our care,” Levinson said.

Contact: 609-272-7022 NLeonard@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressNLeonard

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Previously interned and reported for Boston.com, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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