Monday: Report outlines problems at vet center
BY SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Sunday, September 16, 2012
A 2011 inspection report of the Claremore Veterans center found the facility was understaffed and had numerous other problems like disorganized meal times and dangerously crowded hallways.
The veterans center has been under scrutiny recently after an 85-year-old veteran there died in early May from complications of thermal injuries after being in a whirlpool.
The director of the center resigned July 27, the same day the executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs retired, citing medical issues with her husband.
The director of nursing at the veterans center has been suspended with pay pending an ongoing investigation.
The ODVA, which oversees the centers, is the subject of a legislative review and has promised reorganization.
The Tulsa World reviewed three years of annual inspection reports from the Claremore Veterans Center. In 2009 and 2010, the center’s reports showed few standards not being met, but many problems were found in the 2011 report.
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.