State veterans officials are celebrating after learning that both Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Tennessee are among the best in the country.
U.S. News & World Report rated more than 15,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing. The source of the data originates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which issued five star ratings to the Ben Atchley State Veterans'
Home in Knoxville and the Tennessee State Veterans' Home in
Murfreesboro in 2012.
"We are so proud of the continued recognition Tennessee's State Veterans Homes are receiving for their commitment to excellence in serving our Veterans," said Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder. "We look forward to seeing this network of State Veterans Homes grow while continuing to be an example to the rest of the country."
"Staff at each of the three Tennessee State Veterans Homes are committed to caring for our residents with respect and dignity," TSVH Board President Mary Ross said. "We believe the W.D. "Bill" Manning Tennessee State Veterans Home will soon receive the same distinction due to the continued strides to improve."
"We love serving those who served and we come to work excited to do more to enrich the lives and healthcare of our residents," TSVH Director Ed Harries said. "Tennessee's Veterans and their families need our compassion, respect and commitment and we are determined to ensure they get our maximum effort each and every day."
The state will break ground on the new Montgomery County Veterans Home on May 17, and are awaiting federal funding for a proposed home in Bradley County.