In Letter O'Halleran, Sinema Question Poor Quality of Health Care at Prescott VA Facility

June 22, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) sent a letter to Barbara Oemcke, Medical Center Director of the Northern VA Health Care System, seeking answers regarding recently-revealed poor quality of care and health outcomes at the Community Living Center in Prescott.

“Our veterans deserve the highest quality care from the VA, and it is clear that this is not happening in Prescott,” said Congressman O’Halleran. “I am incredibly disturbed by the reports that came to light earlier this week about unacceptably high rates of certain infections, among other critical metrics of care. The VA owes Arizona veterans answers as to why our rural veterans are being subjected to improper care and how it plans to fix the problems immediately.”

“Arizona veterans and military family members deserve quality health care no matter where they live,” Congresswoman Sinema said. “These findings make clear that Prescott VA’s Community Living Center falls shamefully short of honoring our commitment to our bravest men and women. Congressman O’Halleran and I will hold the Prescott VA accountable and keep working until every veteran receives the quality VA care that he or she has earned.”

It was recently reported that the Community Living Center in Prescott is among the lowest ranked VA nursing homes in the nation.

Reps. O’Halleran and Sinema are seeking answers to the following questions:

  • What processes have been put into place to address and improve key quality metrics this facility scored poorly on, including long-term catheter placements, pressure ulcers, rates of urinary tract infections (UTI’s), and rates of antipsychotic drug prescriptions provided to residents?
  • Does the facility have adequate staff levels to ensure patient-to-provider ratios that are necessary to improve care?
  • How many veterans at CLC have been readmitted to a hospital in the last 18 months?

Read the full letter here.