Florida VA hospital left deceased veteran in shower room for 9 hours, report finds

There IS NO EXCUSE for this. Wait until you see what the hospital said about it. Warning: My response to them is NSFW.
From Fox News: An internal report blames staffers at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida for leaving the body of a deceased veteran to decompose in a shower for nine hours and then trying to cover it up.
The 24-page report concluded that hospice staffers at the Bay Pines VA hospital failed to provide appropriate post-mortem care to the veteran’s body, Fox 13 Tampa reports.
The report found hospice staff put the veteran’s body in a hallway and left it there for an unspecified time, the station reported. Staff then put the veteran’s body in the shower room and did not “check on the status of the decedent…for over nine hours.”

The Medical Center Director for Bay Pines, Suzanne Klinker. From her bio,”With dedication to the organization’s I CARE values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence, she oversees health care delivery for the entire organization which includes one large medical center, eight outpatient clinics and 4,000 employees with an operating budget of more than $700 million.” Contact the women dedicated to respect and excellence at 727-398-9300.

The report also found that a staff member then “falsely documented” the incident, Fox 13 reported.
The investigative report said that leaving the body unattended for so long increased the chance of decomposition.
“The report details a total failure on the part of the Department of Veterans Affairs and an urgent need for greater accountability,” Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., told the station. “Unsurprisingly, not a single VA employee has been fired following this incident, despite a clear lack of concern and respect for the veteran. The men and women who sacrificed on behalf of our nation deserve better.”
The unnamed veteran died in February after spending time in hospice care. The hospital’s Administrative Investigation Board ordered retraining for staff.
Hospital spokesman Jason Dangel told the Tampa Bay Times hospital officials view what happened as unacceptable.

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4 years ago

Too bad the VA gets so much negative press. I’ve seen the good they do and continuously so. There’s a huge number of Veterans out there and some in not so good shape. The VA has 100’s of facilities, more that any other system probably in the world. If you look at the outcomes there compared to privately run institutions, I doubt seriously the VA would come up anywhere near the worst. The problem with the VA is you only get to pick two = [Good] – [Cheap] – [Fast] If you want it Good and Cheap, well, it’s probably… Read more »

Longknife 21
Longknife 21
4 years ago

There have always been problems, but since Obama loaded the VA with his buddies as Administrators, it has become much worse than ever.
I quit going. Better to treat yourself or just die at home, than to trust those bastards that are more interested if you have guns at home & putting you on drugs you don’t want, than fixing your medical problems.
I hope Trump will fix it. There are alot of Vets from Vietnam, the first Iraq war, and others that have serious medical stuff from serving in those places under the conditions.

Dr. Eowyn
Dr. Eowyn
4 years ago

This is heartbreaking.
Contact the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and demand Suzanne Klinker be fired:
Phone: (202) 225-3527
Fax: (202) 225-5486
Send email: https://veterans.house.gov/contact/write-the-committee

4 years ago

After reading this article , would any one want to actually fight for this country ? For what ? Being treated like a piece of human debris ? This is so bad .
Nobody should have to suffer the indignity of dying this way , let alone a man or woman who ” volunteered ” for it . ………And dying for what , the Military -industrial complex ?

4 years ago

The V.A. is not alone in this display of lack of care and compassion for patients, dead or alive. The duties of nursing staff and medical professionals have been sullied with beaurocratic form-filling and other paperwork requirements. Those added duties take precedence over actual care. The V.A. needs reform from top to bottom.

4 years ago

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4 years ago

Taking almost 3 billion from the veterans to use for Syrian refuges hasn’t helped.