Lt. Governor asks administrator of St. Louis Veterans home to step down

5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago Monday, December 04 2017 Dec 4, 2017 Monday, December 04, 2017 5:11:00 PM CST December 04, 2017 in News
By: Ally Wallenta, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson held a press conference in Jefferson City Monday to discuss allegations of mistreatment at the St. Louis Veterans Home.  

Parson said he is asking for the administrator, Rolando Carter, and the assistant administrator to be removed and replaced from the home.

According to Parson, both Carter and the assistant administrative have a number of concerning issues that had led him to call for their removal.  

“The more I learn, the more frustrated I get. For example, how can an administrator’s business decision be completely trusted when he has a proven personal record of financial problems himself,” Parson said.

Parson also said the assistant administrator has a censored license based on having been the administrator of a nursing facility that was closed due to repeated violations. Some violations include:

  • Failure to insure medication where administered in an appropriate manner
  • Failure to follow physicians’ orders
  • Failure to ensure residents the right to make treatment and healthcare decisions by discussing advanced directions and policies on emergency and life-sustaining care
  • Failure to obtain a required license from the department of mental health

The Missouri Department of Public Safety is investigating the home and Gov. Eric Greitens asked the department to launch an independent investigation as well. The first reports were received in July.

During the past 10 months of the investigation, the following issues have come to the department's attention from family, staff members and veterans:  

  • Medication problems, including as-needed use of anti-psychotics and medication prescribed without informing primary care physicians  
  • The appearance of a complete lack of transparency for veterans and their families
  • The inability for this facility’s administration to hire and retain qualified help
  • A complete loss of faith between the residents, their families and the staff with leadership of both the Missouri Veterans home in St. Louis and the central office

Workers, patients and family members have also complained about low staff morale and neglect. Parson said they have interviewed 20-30 people about the incidents.  

One story from KDSK, said one veteran said he would rather go home and die than be at the home. 

“This is an unacceptable situation, one that has been going on far too long. In the health care industry, where the need for qualified staff members with integrity is a must, this type of behavior is a slap in the face to all those who take their jobs as caregivers seriously and treat their patients with the respect and compassion they deserve,” said Parson. 

The Veteran’s Administration started an investigation of its own but Parson finds this investigation questionable.

“They are hiring the people to do it. That’s their people that are doing it. You always have to wonder, are those accurate or are they not?” Parson said.

Parson said employees at the St. Louis Veterans Home are afraid to speak out. He also spoke with members on the Veterans Commission who said they did not know about the issues going on.

“We talked to employees, we talked to veterans who are in there, we talked to family members, but more importantly, we talked to non-caregivers. The people who are in the hallways everyday, who see what’s going on, and had been there for 15, 20 years, people had been there for a long time and they said, ‘Hey this is a problem.’”

More News

Grid
List
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:48:22 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
MID-MISSOURI - If you look at the forecast you can easily tell that summer is here early. Don't forget that... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:43:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Weather
(CNN) - NFL players must stand during the National Anthem this season, team owners decided Wednesday, a reaction to fierce... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:36:38 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - Cole County deputies say a man accused of having pipe bombs was cooperative when they asked to... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
HALLSVILLE - The NRA Bianchi Cup happens every year in Missouri, however this year, embattled Gov. Eric Greitens made an... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:40:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department wants feedback from residents on its community policing initiative. A meeting Wednesday gave people... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:25:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The House Special Investigative Committee continued reading the transcript of the testimony of the woman involved in... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A revision to Missouri's amateur sports tax credit program could bring more sporting events to Mid-Missouri. The... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:04:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - The Moniteau County prosecutor filed criminal charges against the former California police chief Wednesday. Former police chief... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:15:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A top official at Missouri's Department of Public Safety had a potential conflict of interest when... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:11:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK- Businesses in mid-Missouri face a steep choice when it comes to having live entertainment -- lose the music... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:53:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri judge is weighing whether a secretive nonprofit group that supports Gov. Eric Greitens' agenda... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:08:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Prosecutor's Office filed charges Wednesday against a man suspected of having pipe bombs and... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson says he will be ready to step up if Gov. Eric... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:48:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia will hold the first of seven community policing meetings Wednesday evening. Each meeting is set... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:34:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
BOLIVAR (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an 87-year-old man died after a small plane he was piloting... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:39:00 AM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was pulled over Friday while speeding. Spokesman Parker Briden in a... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:21:00 PM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
12am 73°
1am 73°
2am 71°
3am 70°