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      All Four Veteran Homes in Neb. Receive Perfect Scores

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      Lincoln – Monday,Gov. Dave Heineman announced that all four Veterans' homes administered by theNebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have received perfectscores on their most recent annual Health Care System Surveys from the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs.

      Included are the Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home inBellevue, the Grand Island Veterans' Home in Grand Island, the Western NebraskaVeterans' Home in Scottsbluff and the Norfolk Veterans' Home in Norfolk.

      "This is a noteworthy achievement and shows the dedicationof our veterans home employees," said Gov. Heineman.

      The facilities had no deficiencies in the areas of lifesafety, resident care, environment, staff training and development,dietary-food service, banking and billing services for veterans, recreation andactivities, medical staff credentialing, social work, and all areas related toquality assurance and care.

      "Nebraska has a proud tradition of taking care of itsveterans," said Gov. Heineman.

      "I recognize that serving those who served our country isimportant and the right thing to do. Achieving perfect survey scoresdemonstrates our commitment to providing quality care to veterans," he said.

      Survey teams from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairsare typically an interdisciplinary team comprised of three RNs, a RegisteredDietician and a Life Safety Code expert from various parts of the country.

      With a total capacity of 637 beds, the four Veterans' Homesprovide a variety of medical, nursing and rehabilitative services, tailored tothe needs of their members.

      Services range from assisted living care for members able toessentially care for themselves, to skilled nursing care. Members' health careservices are administered by dedicated nurses, physicians, dieticians,occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists and otherprofessionally trained personnel.

      "To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time allfour Veterans' homes have achieved deficiency-free surveys in less than ayear," said John Hilgert, Directorof the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs. "It obviously representsextremely committed and competent staff members who live the mission of servingAmerica's heroes with honor and respect."

      The four Veterans' Homes in Nebraska strive to serve theunique needs of each member by providing high quality services and holisticlong-term care in a homelike veterans' community.

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