Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo. released the following statement after she met with officials at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia.
“I came to the Truman VA Hospital today to visit with the administrators to make sure that our veterans are being provided the highest quality care possible because that is certainly what they deserve,” Hartzler said. “Considering what has occurred in Phoenix, I wanted to make sure that our veterans here locally are receiving access to the care they need in a timely manner – that is what they deserve. In visiting with the administrators here, I was pleased to see that they are providing timely, quality care. In areas where they need to make improvements, they have either taken measures or put plans in place to alleviate the problem.”
“I also came to follow up on the incident that occurred here last year that unfortunately resulted in the death of one of our veterans. I wanted to see what steps are being and have been taken,” Hartzler continued, “to ensure nothing like this ever happens again. The hospital administrators have assured me that steps are being taken to make sure the incident is not repeated; to include education and training for staff, renovation of facilities, and hiring of more staff.”