Governor Bredesen Asks Knoxville Veterans' Home to Suspend Admissions

(WVLT) - Governor Phil Bredesen says Monday night: A history of problems with the veterans' homes and now findings by the 'Department of Health' are forcing him to ask for a suspension of admissions at all three of the state's veterans' homes.

The 'Department of Health' cited several deficiencies at the veterans' home in Murfreesboro, but those violations are resulting in "suspension of admissions" there and at the other two facilities: one in Humbolt, which is in West Tennessee, and the 'Ben Atchley Home' in West Knox County to also suspend admissions. That's effective Monday at midnight. During the suspension period, the governor is asking the 'Tennessee State Veterans' Homes Board' to conduct a review of all three facilities and provide suggestions for improving operation of the homes. The governor will lift the suspension when he's satisfied with the care provided to veterans and when the 'State Veterans' Homes Board' has a plan to address any deficiencies.

In a news release from the governor's office, Bredesen says, " Our veterans deserve good quality care and I am committed to making sure they get it."

No word on exactly what the cited deficiencies entail...

We'll continue to follow this and bring you much more on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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