Local VA gets good marks for treatment

Local VA gets good marks for treatment

There are 32 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Mar 18, 2007, titled Local VA gets good marks for treatment. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Many veterans offer praise for the quality of care and the facilities at the Asheville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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sombrero

Asheville, NC

#23 Mar 20, 2007
To clarify:
He/she is obviously talking about the opinions in the article.
Or being asked to comment on the record to the paper. It would be hard to be honest if management were there with the reporter. Plus, a negative response outside the presence of management might send the reporter scurrying back to the big offices for rebuttal.
Given your swift response to Anonymous' comments, it is easy for anyone to see how one SHOULD be fearful.

“RadicalDudette”

Since: Feb 07

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#26 Mar 20, 2007
Henderson wrote:
Don't park behind the VA Hospital. I walk with two canes and you will get slap ran over.
MurphyMobile; do you comment on every subject?
Are you a veteran?
mtnrambo evidently has been there, have you?
What the hell is a dudette? Part man?
Do you read all the posts?

I can comment on anything I choose to, whether anyone likes it or not. No, I am not a veteran.
I have been in the VA hospitals through family and
work. Also, the radiology students rotate through
the VA Medical Center.

FYI, dudette, is the femine if you are so damned concerned.

Get a life. And leave my name alone.
miriam porter

Boiling Springs, SC

#27 Mar 20, 2007
In 2oo4 the doctors at Oteen VA, dianoised me with cancer and I had my surgery there. I took my treatments through the hospital, too. My treatments were hard on me, and ended up in the emergency room. I was admitted to the hospital for 2 weeks. The staff are always always kind to me and since I'm in the minority, I still would rather go there than any other hospital in this area.
ToyoMaru

Charlotte, NC

#28 Mar 21, 2007
Very kind staff.
They helped cut my medication bills.
CBOXER

Charlotte, NC

#29 Mar 22, 2007
DID YOU SEE THE STUPID MORON ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA SAYING BATS IN A VA HOSPITAL ARE OK?
NOW THATS A GOOD GOVERNMENT SPOKESWOMAN!!!!!!

“RadicalDudette”

Since: Feb 07

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#30 Mar 22, 2007
CBOXER wrote:
DID YOU SEE THE STUPID MORON ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA SAYING BATS IN A VA HOSPITAL ARE OK?
NOW THATS A GOOD GOVERNMENT SPOKESWOMAN!!!!!!
Well, it is just as interesting as the rats in the
Duncan Doughtnuts and Taco Bell in NYC.

Everyone around here is glad to get Duncan Doughnuts.

The people that use the VA Med. Center in Oteen
have been accustomed to the procedures there than most other hosptials.

BTW, did the reporter show the bats at our VA center?
free

Lyman, SC

#31 Mar 22, 2007
I did some NA clinicals there quite a few years ago and was not impressed at all with the staff and how the nursing home folks were treated. The staff was overworked and had nothing left to give the patients. They deserve better.
Valerie Ruckman

Lincoln, NE

#32 Mar 22, 2007
This is my Uncle Howard. A good man! I'm very proud of him. I'm glad he's being treated well. God Bless him, Aunt Lucia, Linda, Chris and Tami.
I love you, Uncle Howard!
BLKF150

Charlotte, NC

#33 Mar 22, 2007
You're confusing murphymobile.
What does the VA issues have to do with donuts or tacobell?
"The people that use the VA Med. Center in Oteen
have been accustomed to the procedures there than most other hosptials."
Was this an insult? Sounds like one.
BLKF150

Charlotte, NC

#34 Mar 22, 2007
These Bats:

VA review: Hospitals beset by problems
By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY
The Department of Veterans Affairs' 1,400 clinics and hospitals suffer from hundreds of problems, including worn carpet, damaged floor tiles, leaking roofs and cockroach infestations, a department report released Wednesday shows.
"The overwhelming majority of the issues identified are normal 'wear and tear' items that are continually addressed through regular inspections and recurring maintenance," Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson said in a letter Monday to regional directors.

Nicholson ordered the inspections March 7 after reports of substandard housing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., were uncovered by The Washington Post in late February. Nicholson ordered immediate repairs of the VA problems.

The report showed more signs of a military health care system overwhelmed by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

"Who's been minding the store?" said Murray, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. "They keep putting Band-Aids on problems when what the agency needs is major triage."

VA officials said the report showed the department wanted to avoid a situation such as the one at Walter Reed.

Nicholson "was concerned about the issues raised at Walter Reed and wanted to make sure that all VA facilities (were safe)for all patients," said Louise Van Diepen, chief of staff for the VA's health administration.

The Associated Press first noted the report Wednesday afternoon.

Ninety percent of the problems involved general wear and tear, Van Diepen said, while the remainder required more costly repairs, such as roof replacement.

Although the discoveries of mold in several hospitals raised concerns, Van Diepen said, investigators found no health issues.

One of the most unusual discoveries was an infestation of Mexican wing-tailed bats in the external eaves of a VA facility in White City, Ore.

"We have one of the largest colonies of Mexican Wing-tailed bats in the area," the inspection report says. "Occasionally they get into the interior areas of the buildings instead of just the attics."

A separate review of the VA's disability claims system is underway to determine how to cut through bureaucratic delays, confusing paperwork and the long appeals process for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Investigators this month determined the system was strained to its limit, with backlogs of more than 400,000 and delays and appeals that could take years.

Contributing: Associated Press

“RadicalDudette”

Since: Feb 07

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#35 Mar 22, 2007
free wrote:
I did some NA clinicals there quite a few years ago and was not impressed at all with the staff and how the nursing home folks were treated. The staff was overworked and had nothing left to give the patients. They deserve better.
You said it well. The work that CNA and nurses
and the remainder of the staff have a high turnover
if the Director of Nursing and Administrator do not
take care of the employees.

I go to numerous skilled nursing facilities to do
xray exams and I can hear the difference from the residents and see the difference.

The VA Medical Ctr and its nursing home may get complaints from a lot of folks, but when it comes time for them to find one for a family member or friend, the SHOCK will be on them.
James Lee

United States

#36 Feb 23, 2010
I am a veteran (from Korea) and I agree "the VA is another chance to die" and I'm lucky I haven't at their hands.

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