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Dennis McFall with Veterans and Military Affairs – Outstanding Public Service

Dennis McFallRecipient of a 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence

Dennis McFall has been the driving force and lead advocate for the construction and operation of four Veterans Nursing Homes within the State of Utah. Prior to 1998, there were no veterans’ nursing homes in Utah, and today, there are homes across the state, in large measure due to Dennis. He successfully led the effort to acquire the funding for construction of the first Utah Veterans’ Nursing Home, which was built in Salt Lake City and opened in 1998. He subsequently began efforts to secure funding for a new 120 bed facility in Ogden, which was constructed and began operation in 2009.

All the while, Dennis recognized that more homes were needed to properly serve our veterans and, even though the Ogden Home was being constructed, he again was advocating for two additional homes. In working with veterans’ organizations, the Governor’s Office, State Legislature, Veterans Administration, local governments, private industry, contractors and supportive communities, two new 108 bed state-of-the-art nursing homes were constructed and began operations in 2013 in Payson and Ivins. These four homes serve 417 veterans with skilled nursing care, employ over 600 people and have operations totaling over twenty million dollars annually, all which Dennis continues to oversee.


Every day, Dennis displays remarkable leadership, dedication, passion, determination, great business sense, and a steady hand to have these nursing homes available for our veterans in Utah. He is truly an outstanding public servant.

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