Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home has earned high marks from the Veterans Administration.
The Huntsville facility was declared “deficiency free” after a three-day federal VA inspection. The “deficiency free” designation means the facility meets all of the 158 standards the federal government sets for veterans homes. Achieving this high level of success takes dedication from the staff members who care the 150 veterans living at the home.
“I am so proud of my staff because they pull together each and every day to make sure that these veterans are taken care of,” said Belinda Schrimsher, Administrator of Tut Fann SVH. “They’re a fantastic team and take a lot of pride in their jobs.”
The inspection was conducted by a team of representatives from the Birmingham VA Medical Center and Ascellon, the contract agency in charge of all federal VA surveys. Nothing escapes the watchful eyes of the team members are they conduct the inspection.
“They look at all areas: wound care, medication passes, activities, medical charts and more,” Schrimsher explained. “It’s a very thorough process.”
Like all Alabama nursing homes, state veterans homes are inspected annually by the Alabama Department of Public Health. However, state veterans homes have the additional oversight of the VA inspection. Schrimsher welcomes this level of oversight because the veterans bravely served our country and earned the care they receive.
“Many of us have no idea what these veterans have been through in all of the wars and conflicts,” Schrimsher said. “They put their lives on the line for us and we need to show our gratitude and take care of them. They were selfless in putting their lives on the line for us. We need to be selfless in how we care for them.”
Shantel Wise is the Director of Nursing, and Charlotte Eason is the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Director at Tut Fann State Veterans Home.
About Alabama’s State Veterans Homes
Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City opened in 1989 and was Alabama’s first state veterans home. William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette and Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville opened 1995. The newest home, Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City, opened in 2012. The four facilities are part of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and can care for up to 704 veterans.
In addition to being members of the Alabama Nursing Home Association, the four facilities are members of the National Association of State Veterans Homes (NASVH). Recently, leaders from Alabama’s state veterans homes attended the NASVH Summer Conference in San Antonio, Texas. NASVH members work together to advance issues related to elderly veterans. Nationwide, there are 156 veterans homes that serve almost 32,000 Veterans.
For more information, visit http://va.state.al.us/VeteransHome.aspx.