VA care facility in Miles City closed over patient safety concerns

AJ Etherington

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Montana has temporarily closed the Veterans long-term care center in Miles City following concerns over patient safety, the agency said Thursday.

In December, the VA’s regional office received a self-report from the facility over concerns for patient safety. The VA did not disclose the nature of the concerns or whether any veterans were harmed as a result of the concerns other than to say they were valid. The VA reportedly investigated the situation at the CLC in Miles City through an administrative review process, deemed the concerns justified and decided to move the veterans at the facility to other long-term care centers, according to Montana VA spokesperson Matt Rosine.

“In Dec. 2021, Montana VA identified concerns with patient safety. VA pursued multiple processes to include inspections, investigations, and inquiries to fully evaluate the CLC,” read a press release Thursday afternoon issued in response to questions from the Billings Gazette.

Currently, the VA is working with the veterans living at the center and their families to relocate them to other care homes. Those facilities could include local nursing homes or other federally-managed homes like the care center at the VA Hospital at

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