Mississippi VA Hospital Investigated for Improper Care Allegations

Five whistleblowers have come forward since 2009 alleging carelessness by hospital staff at the Jacksonville VA Hospital.

A Mississippi Department of Veterans Affairs hospital is under scrutiny after employees filed complaints based on a range of incidents, including improper sterilization of instruments and misdiagnosing fatal illnesses. After these incidents were reported, an independent federal investigative agency took action by looking into the hospital’s practices.

This team’s findings were published in a letter to the White House earlier this week. These findings questioned the facility's ability to care for veterans in the future. 

Five whistleblowers, who were employees at the hospital in Jacksonville, filed complaints against the hospital, the initial complaint being filed in 2009. An employee claimed that staff at the hospital regularly failed to sterilizes tools, like scalpels and bone cutters, prior to use.

One doctor alleged that staff at the hospital failed to properly thousands of radiology images, with fatal ramifications in some instances.

The VA investigated the Jacksonville hospital in 2009, and the hospital claimed to have made changes to improve concerned raised by employees. However, another whistleblower came forward in 2011 alleging that nothing had improved.

Of the five complaints filed against this hospital, two remain under investigation.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2019

    June 2019

    Featuring:

    • ASSP SAFETY 2019 PREVIEW
      New Orleans Networking
    • NATION SAFETY MONTH
      Heed These Summer Safety Tips
    • TRAINING
      Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change
    • SAFETY MANAGEMENT
      What Good Looks Like
    View This Issue

Bulwark Quiz