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VA shuts down Wash. nursing home


Yakima, WA - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has shut down its 30-bed nursing home in Walla Walla after an outside review raised concerns about the quality of care, and an internal audit validated those concerns.

Just 10 nursing beds were occupied.

The Long Term Care Institute was contracted by the VA nationally to review nursing homes around the country. The unannounced, though not unexpected, inspection at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center on July 15 raised immediate concerns about the physical infrastructure of the nursing building, which is about 80 years old. Concerns included sloping floors and patients' access to doors and stairwells.

July 24, 2008

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