Soldiers Home superintendent, top nurse fired after DSHS review


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

Detachment 336 in the Community
April 2017 Newsletter


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