VETERANS: Group to meet Thursday in W...

VETERANS: Group to meet Thursday in Walla Walla

There are 2 comments on the story from Jul 31, 2008, titled VETERANS: Group to meet Thursday in Walla Walla. In it, reports that:

The Blue Mountains Veterans Coalition will meet Thursday in Walla Walla to discuss the recent decisions of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Walla Walla, WA

#1 Aug 21, 2008
My fellow veterans are being dupped into thinking things alright with the Walla Walla VA Medical Center. The recent closure of the nursing home and subsequent transfer of pts to other non-va nursing homes was contrived and planned way ahead of time. Want proof: The only way that a non-va entity could come to a government facility for an inspection, was if upper VA officials invited such a entity. This was the first such inspection of the Walla Walla VA's nursing home since it's inception some 25 years ago. They addressed issues for closure were due to hallways being to narrow, exits not being monitored, and privacy not being possible for the manner the rooms were designed.Isn't if funny that unit 6 that had housed the nursing home patients had a brand new call system and floor redesigned just prior to the unit moving to building 86. That unit 6 did meet the requirements for nursing home care patients. The unit in bldg 86 had been redesigned some 10 yrs ago to facilitate nursing home care patients. If every nursing home in the nation was to have to meet the ever changing rules for care, there would not be any nursing homes. That is why many are grandfathered which allows them to operate for a period of time. Lets face has always been the intention of the VA to downsize the WWVA to nothing more than an outpatient clinic. First they did away with after hours care stating they could not find a physician to work after hours. Funny that a Dr. Monroe volunteered for the position and was told no! Now when you show up to see a doctor monday thru friday you are seen by a nurse who then must try and find a doctor who is not busy or can fit you into his scheduled clinic, which might have you waiting to be seen most of the day. I recently saw veteran who came in to be seen who was in distress. I saw him brought into the clinic and then nursing staff trying to find a physician to see him...after much obvious confusion, the veteran was taken downtown to be treated.So Sharon Helman is getting acolades by many politicians for her devotion to taking care of the veterans...BS she alone is responsible for the present 6 million dollars or so that the wwva is in the hole. She has been responsible for many well trained and tenured staff being let go or encouraged to either retire or seek employment elsewhere. The wwva is now being ran by inexperienced and non qualified persons that have no history in taking care of veterans. Medical staff are being stressed to the point of breakdowns and other staff members are afraid to voice their concerns about the manner that the wwva is being managed for fear of being fired or as others have been encouraged-- to transfer out. I have been receiving my care at the wwva for over 37 years and this is the worst I have ever seen it. You can cut the tension being experienced by staff with a knife. I personnaly feel that an investigation should be initiated to find out who and what has been behind this clear cut case of mismanagement.
B Mabot

Scottsdale, AZ

#2 Apr 21, 2013
Now the same thing is occurring at the phoenix VA wre Helman is the director

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