HOW TO STAY
- The Albuquerque Fisher House is “a home away from home,” providing a comfortable, safe environment where families can come together to provide support to one another. The Albuquerque Fisher House is located on the Parade Grounds of the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center and is available to families who meet eligibility criteria while they support a Veteran’s Active Duty Inpatient receiving medical care at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center.
- The New Mexico Fisher House provides temporary accommodations to families and Caregivers of hospitalized Veterans or Active Duty Service members. Families must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- 50: 50 mile/2-hour commute to the VA Medical Center
- F: Family member/caregiver of Veteran inpatient
- A: Actively engaged in the hospitalized Veteran/Service member’s treatment
- M: Medically stable and capable of self-care (or be accompanied by a caregiver); the Fisher House is not a clinical setting
- I: Independent and able to live in a communal setting
- L: Living in permanent, stable housing (guests cannot be homeless)
- A: Abides by the Fisher House Guest Agreement and all house rules
- Guests cannot call the Fisher House to make a reservation, all referrals must be submitted electronically by a consult from a member of the VA healthcare team caring for the Veteran. Once the referral is received, Fisher House staff will call the family member to screen them for eligibility. If a room is available, a reservation will be made; if a room is not available, the family will be put on a waiting list and updated by the Fisher House staff once a room becomes available.
- There is never a fee for eligible families who receive a reservation. Eligibility to remain at the Fisher House is dependent on the Veteran’s inpatient status. Once a Veterans is discharged from the Medical Center, the family must check out of the Fisher House.
NEW MEXICO FISHER HOUSE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
The New Mexico Fisher House provides temporary overnight accommodations to visiting families and Caregivers of hospitalized Veterans or Active Duty Servicemembers; and for Veterans or Active Duty Servicemembers undergoing an extended outpatient episode of care if accompanied by a family member or Caregiver. The New Mexico Fisher House has 16 private suites. Families will share a common kitchen, laundry room, dining room and living room.
In order to receive accommodations in New Mexico Fisher House, an individual must:
- Be actively involved in the care of a Veteran or Active Duty Servicemember hospitalized in a VA or Military Hospital for an episode of care or be hospitalized in a Community hospital in which VA is coordinating or funding the admission.
- Be medically stable and capable of self-care or be accompanied by an individual able to provide the necessary care. VA does not provide nursing or other medical care in NM Fisher House.
- Be required to travel 50 or more miles or at least 2 hours from their home to the VA medical facility. Exceptions to these distance or time provisions may be made based on exceptional circumstances, such as inclement weather, road conditions, or the mode of transportation used.
- Be able to stay in an unsupervised setting.
- Decisions concerning NM Fisher House accommodations are to be made by the VA medical facility’s Fisher House Manager. If space is unavailable, referrals to the Fisher House must be submitted by the health care team to the Fisher House Program Manager for approval. Rooms reservations are based on eligibility and availability. Approvals will be sent electronically so the health care team can follow-up with the Veteran’s family.
- All house guests must abide by the Fisher House Guest Agreement.
- There is never a fee for guests and can stay as long as they need to, as often as needed.
Meet the House Manager
Christina Ramirez is the Program Manager of the first Fisher House to open its doors in the Land of Enchantment. She followed Route 66 from its start at the skyscraper-skyline in Chicago to the balloon-filled skies of Albuquerque almost two years ago to be closer to her parents, who have been living here for the last decade; and her favorite – and only – daughter, who is studying at the University of San Diego. Her mother is a volunteer at the New Mexico VA and her father is proud US Air Force veteran. Christina knows first-hand how important it is to be near loved ones, especially when they are ill, which is one of the many reasons she is so passionate about the Fisher House mission.
Christina has worn many hats throughout her career, all of which have equipped her with the skills to manage a program that pairs a non-profit donation with a government agency. Most recently she was handling budget, finance, and operations for the U.S. Treasury and U.S. Peace Corps offices in Chicago. Prior to that she was a Family Programs Manager for deployed U.S. Army Reservists and a secretary with a U.S. Army Recruiting Company. Before her move to government, she was a Public Relations Officer at St. Martin’s University, near Ft. Lewis, Wash. and a reporter for Gannett and Hearst newspapers in Washington and Texas.
Christina’s educational background includes a BA in Communications from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and an MBA from Walden University in Minnesota. She is also a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.
As the Fisher House Manager, she manages the local Fisher House Program by:
- Overseeing daily operations of the House
- Managing the budget and operations of the House in a fiscally responsible manner
- Ensuring the House is safe, clean, and free from hazards
- Collaborating with VA staff to ensure referrals are sent from the medical team, and
- Working with community groups and businesses to ensure the needs of guests are met
Her goal in managing the Albuquerque Fisher House is to ensure eligible families feel welcome, cared for, and safe while they are going through a difficult time.
For additional information, contact Christina Ramírez, Program Manager, Albuquerque Fisher House at (505) 265-1711, X3180 or by email email@example.com.
- Virtual Tour
- Fisher House Pictures on our NMVAHCS Facebook Site
- Patriot Magazine Feature (The Official Magazine of Fisher House Foundation)
DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM I-25
Go South on I-25 and take the Gibson Boulevard East Exit 222A. Go east on Gibson toward the mountains. At San Mateo turn right, the New Mexico Fisher House is on your right.