The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is disciplining nine employees in a attempt to "restore trust" in a Georgia nursing home where a veteran reportedly died covered in ant bites.
In response to the reported ant infestation at the Atlanta VA Medical Center's Eagles' Nest Community Living Center, "and ongoing issues at other VA facilities in that region," VA announced Tuesday that nine employees were being disciplined in multiple ways.
Regional director for Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 7 Director Leslie Wiggins was "on immediate administrative leave" and Charleston, S.C. VA Medical Center Director Scott Isaacks immediately took over as acting VISN 7 director.
“What happened at Eagles’ Nest was unacceptable, and we want to ensure that veterans and families know we are determined to restore their trust in the facility,” Dr. Richard Stone, executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration, said in a statement Tuesday. “Transparency and accountability are key principles at VA, and they will guide our efforts in this regard.”