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VA should have given more notice of facility’s closure


Kennewick,WA - Dealing with loved ones in long-term care facilities is hard enough without suddenly learning their care has been so inadequate they need to be moved -- immediately.

But such was the case recently at the Walla Walla VA Medical Center. In a little more than a year, the center's nursing home went from being considered acceptable to being so horribly wrought with problems VA officials decided to close it.

We won't second guess the decision to close the facility but have to wonder if the rush was really necessary. Ten patients were given 48 hours notice that they would either be sent home or sent to other long-term care facilities.

August 6, 2008

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