VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois
Social Activities Room/Patient Bowling Alley
VAIHCS recently re-opened the Social Activity Room (SAR)/Recreation Hall and Patient Bowling Alley. The renovation of the SAR/Recreation Hall provides a state of the art room that can be utilized for patient activities, educational sessions for employees, cultural diversity events and a multitude of other activities/events. With the location of the SAR/Recreation Hall in the middle of the campus helps provide access for patients and employees to participate in activities/events.
Changes made to the Social Activities Room (SAR) include: complete stripping of the existing Social Activities Room (SAR) and Recreation Hall, upgraded room with state of the art modern themed finishes, lighting, acoustics, wheel chair access to the stage with lift availability and motorized blinds and sound system.
VAICHS re-opened the patient Bowling Alley. The Bowling Alley was named the John Wright Bowling Lanes. John Wright was a Veteran and a former volunteer in Recreation Therapy. Mr. Wright left his entire estate of $1.5M to Recreation Therapy. Approximately $275,000 of the money was utilized to renovate the Bowling Alley, which had not been in use for over ten years. Mr. Wright was an avid bowler and spent many hours helping Veteran’s bowl when he was a volunteer. "Wright Lanes will provide our Veterans with an enjoyable leisure time activity, especially during the cold winter months," says Japhet Rivera, Director.
Changes made to the bowling alley include: Freshly painted walls, new reflect ceiling upgraded lighting, Brunswick refurnished the lanes, underground ball return and added a new electronic scoreboard. Current machine is still in working order.