I can't wait to cut the ribbon!
Ardie R. Copas State Veterans' Home set to open by summer in Port St. Lucie
Gardner, Treasure Coast Newspapers Published 4:47 p.m. ET Jan. 15, 2020 | Updated 4:48 p.m. ET Jan. 15, 2020
PORT ST. LUCIE — After more than four years of planning, the end is near for the $62 million Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’
Construction on the 120-bed home at 10700 S.W. Tradition Parkway in Tradition is 75% complete and scheduled to open in late May or early June, said Alfred Carter, chief of staff with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
“This is all dependent on certification of the facility,” Carter said. “We must be certified to open by both the Agency for Health Care Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We are working with them to expedite
The 121,000-square-foot facility is named for Medal of Honor recipient Ardie Ray Copas, a Fort Pierce resident who died in 1970 during the Vietnam War. He was 19.
During action, Copas returned fire but was knocked
to the ground when his armored car was hit and four other Americans were wounded. Despite his injuries, Copas climbed back into the burning vehicle and fired his machine gun until the four wounded men were safely evacuated. Copas continued fighting until he
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Ardie Ray Copas was killed in the Vietnam War at the age of 19. (Photo: PHOTO CONTRIBUTED FROM COPAS FAMILY)
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The building will consist of two sections, each with three groups of 20 beds, Carter said. Sixty beds will be reserved for residents with Alzheimer’s disease
and dementia. The home also includes six bariatric rooms and six private rooms.
Most rooms will be two-person, semi-private rooms, with separate living areas and a shared bathroom. The two sections will flank a main building which will house the
administrative offices, a beauty and barber shop, café, chapel and kitchen and dining facilities.
starts this summer on Ardie R. Copas veterans nursing home in Port St. Lucie
Construction crews cut and install the metal roofing for the south wing of the new Ardie R. Copas State Veterans' Nursing Home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,
in Tradition. The facility will have 120 beds, 60 of which will be reserved for residents with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The facility sits on 28 acres of land donated by the Tradition Land Company. (Photo: PATRICK DOVE/TCPALM)
For admission, a resident must be a Florida resident, honorably discharged from the armed services and have a certificate of need from a VA physician. The home will employ up to 175 people, Carter said. Hiring of key directors begins
Officials estimate there are about 280,000 veterans living in the 75-mile service area for the Treasure Coast, and 118,617 are 65 or older.
For admission information, contact the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Homes
Program office, 727-518-3202, ext. 5562.
A construction worker welds metal piping together as part of the infrastructure for the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans' Nursing Home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, located in the community of
Tradition. (Photo: PATRICK DOVE/TCPALM)