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Admissions Suspended Again at Veterans Home


Only one month after the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro re-opened for new patients, it's closed again.

That comes after state health inspectors found critical violations again.  

Once again, the state health department says Tennessee has failed to care for veterans at its nursing home in Murfreesboro.  

The latest findings were uncovered by NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter Jennifer Kraus, who has been tracking the problems at the home for more than a year.

This is the third time in a little more than a year that state health inspectors have found critical violations at the Murfreesboro facility.

And we're talking about violations that put veterans' lives in immediate danger.

Inspectors went into the nursing home last week after getting a complaint and because they wanted to make sure the home had fixed problems that had turned up during earlier inspections this past spring and summer.

But, it turns out, apparently, the problems have not been fixed.

In this latest inspection, among the findings, investigators found:

  • the nursing home failed to prevent accidents,
  • the administration failed to effectively care for patients, and 
  • employees gave veterans drugs unnecessarily.

These are some of the same problems the U.S. Department of Justice found when their team went into the home this past spring. 

The nursing home was forced to suspend admissions for nearly three months this summer.

At that time, the governor, other state officials and the nursing home administrators all claimed to be taking steps to fix the problems.

Why the continuing problems now? No one is saying.

But Gov. Phil Bredesen said this afternoon in a release that he wants the home once again to suspend admissions while he and other state agencies consider both the short- and long-term options for the Murfreesboro veterans home.

What the future holds for the nursing home is not clear.

But the state health department says there is clearly a pattern at the facility of putting veterans lives in danger.

The nursing facility in Murfreesboro is built to hold 140 veterans.

The state also has two other veterans homes in Humboldt and Knoxville.

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