State’s nursing homes for veterans get nod

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Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board issued a statement celebrating the U.S. News & World Report 2013 that names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Knoxville and Murfreesboro among the best in the country.

The magazine rated more than 15,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing.

The source of the data originates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  

In 2012, CMS issued five-star ratings to the Ben Atchley State Veterans’ Home in Knoxville and the Tennessee State Veterans’ Home in Murfreesboro.

“We are so proud of the continued recognition Tennessee’s State Veterans Homes are receiving for their commitment to excellence in serving our Veterans,” Grinder said.  “We look forward to seeing this network of State Veterans Homes grow while continuing to be an example to the rest of the country.”

“Staff at each of the three Tennessee State Veterans Homes are committed to caring for our residents with respect and dignity,” Veterans Homes Board President Mary Ross said.  “We believe the W.D. ‘Bill’ Manning Tennessee State Veterans Home will soon receive the same distinction due to the continued strides to improve.”

“We love serving those who served and we come to work excited to do more to enrich the lives and health care of our residents,” Veterans Homes Director Ed Harries said.  “Tennessee’s veterans and their families need our compassion, respect and commitment.”

On May 17, the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs and the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board will host a groundbreaking event for the new Montgomery County Veterans Home on the corner of Arrowhead Drive and S. Jordan Drive in Clarksville.

Meanwhile, the state is waiting for approval of federal funding from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for a new Tennessee State Veterans Home in Bradley County.