Fisher House Foundation
Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons currently serves as the CEO of MedWeb, a company that specializes in mobile medical technologies that can be deployed in developing countries. Outside of his professional life, Peter Killcommons is a longtime supporter of Fisher House.
Fisher House Foundation recently announced the selection of 14 new sites to place Fisher Houses, including Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Similar to the mission of Ronald McDonald Houses, Fisher Houses provide families crucial support by allowing them to live free of charge while their loved ones are receiving inpatient hospital treatment at VA medical centers.
Truman Memorial spokesman Stephen Gaither said that the hospital sees veterans from 43 surrounding counties, meaning that some families have to travel long distances for their loved ones to receive treatment. Fisher House Foundation president Dave Coker said he believes the Columbia Fisher House could begin construction as soon as 2018. Thus far, Fisher House Foundation is responsible for a total of 71 houses built near VA hospital facilities and military bases.
An ongoing contributor to the Fisher House Foundation, Dr. Peter Killcommons volunteers with numerous international charities and nonprofit organizations.
The Fisher House program began in 1990, when Pauline Trost first contacted the Fisher family about temporary housing for soldiers’ families at military medical facilities. This led the Fishers to develop the first Fisher Houses, which serve as “comfort homes” for family members of military personnel and veterans at military hospitals. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush inaugurated the first Fisher House in Bethesda, Maryland, paving the way for several new houses over the next year. The Fisher Foundation was established in 1993 to promote the Fisher House program in both the public and private sectors. The initiative has expanded exponentially, with every major United States military medical center now offering families accommodation in a Fisher House. Each Fisher House serves as a gift to the United States government, with the military agencies and Department of Veterans Affairs assuming responsibility for maintenance and operational oversight.
More than 11,000 families benefit from the work of the Fisher House program every year. Donations and contributions help to support the facilities so that families can stay at Fisher houses at no charge. While house managers work full-time, the program depends on volunteers to carry out daily tasks. Fisher Houses range from 5,000 to 16,000 square feet and accommodate 16 to 42 guests, with full laundry facilities, computer access, a community kitchen, library, and other amenities. In addition to providing funding for Fisher Houses, the Fisher House Foundation supports the Hero Miles Program, Scholarships for Military Children, and the Newman’s Own Award.