Union demands probe of W.Va. Veterans Nursing Home

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm •  Published: May 2, 2013
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"The patient might attempt to get out of bed before someone can get there, and then they could slip and fall," she said. "These are things we want to prevent from happening."

The 120-bed home opened in 2007 and as of last month, had a waiting list of 166 veterans. The state Department of Veterans Assistance has said lawmakers are considering the possibility of building another state-run nursing home in southern West Virginia to meet demand.

Morgan said the union is also concerned about alleged retaliation against Vietnam veteran Stephen Newlon, who spoke to surveyors as they toured the facility and did an interview about conditions at the hospital with WBOY-TV (http://bit.ly/13apFGx) in March.

On April 1, Newlon received a letter telling him that his health had improved and he no longer needed the home's services. He was told to leave the facility by May 6.

But the demand relied on a doctor's evaluation from 2010, leading Newlon to believe he was being punished.

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Online:

Nursing home: http://www.wvvnf.wv.gov/

Local 170: http://uelocal170.org/content/

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