LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Director Matt Snead of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) announced Kathie Gately as the administrator for the new Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock. The new home replaces the former home in Little Rock shuttered in October 2012. “As a veteran and son of a veteran choosing the right leader was very personal to me,” said Snead. Gately, a former nursing home administrator, was selected after a nation-wide search conducted by a task force comprised of experts in the long-term care field; including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Arkansas Veterans Commission, Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents, and experts within ADVA. Gately has been employed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult services, since 2000. She held a position as an adult protective consultant before being appointed State long-term care Ombudsman in 2003. In her role, she developed a statewide expansion program for Certified Volunteer long-term care Ombudsmen (CVO) increasing the number of CVOs in the state from three to over 350 active CVOs. Gately has over 25 years of experience in social work and advocacy for long term care patients in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s in social work from Arkansas State University. The Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock (ASVH-NLR) is the first Veterans home in Arkansas developed from the ground-up for the sole purpose of long-term care for Veterans. It will serve Veterans, Veterans’ spouses, and Gold Star family members. ASVH-NLR is a “small home” design with eight individual homes that serve 12 residents each. Each resident will have a private room and private bathroom. Less than one percent of long-term care facilities across the nation are built and operated as small homes. The small home concept seeks to de-institutionalize care and provide a warm, home-like environment in a setting that encourages social activity. ASVH-NLR is scheduled to begin accepting residents in the fall. For more information, follow www.facebook.com/ASVHNLR/.