Please be advised there is disappointing news from the Washington Soldiers Home - Orting. The DHSH cited 11 of 88 residents were impacted in a manner which did not conform to established standards in a Deficiency Letter, dated March 21, 2017. I have provided a link to the Tribune article published today.
A WDVA investigation revealed a failure of leadership and within two weeks both the Superintendent and Director of Nursing were fired.
I have been, and remain, in close contact with Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Director Alfie Alvarado-Ramos and the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) leadership. Director Alvarado-Ramos has my full confidence and support and is uniquely qualified to restore and maintain the highest standard of care for our veterans.
I am satisfied that swift and appropriate action is being taken which includes a complete systems review which will produce reasoned system improvements.
The safety and care of our veterans in state homes is paramount. While I am distressed this shortcoming in care occurred, I am focused that adequate corrective action is well underway to restoring the trust the WDVA has worked so hard to earn.Semper Fi
Larry Alcantara, Member
Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee