Government auditors released a report earlier this week showing that a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, which paraded its program focusing on 20 transgendered patients, flunked in providing basic health care services for the remaining 111,000 veterans.
In its March 13 report on Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, the Inspector General (IG) concluded: “We could not gain reasonable assurance that clinical managers effectively monitor the professional competency of providers … patient equipment is clean … [and] employees ensure a safe and healthy environment.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The hospital in question was the subject of positive news coverage in late 2015, with a publicity campaign surrounding the opening of a “clinic for transgender patients.” Veterans are able to receive taxpayer-funded sex change hormones, CBS News reported at the time.
“Opening this transgender clinic allows us to continue to provide compassionate care in a space dedicated specifically to transgender veterans,” Susan Fuehrer, the hospital’s director, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The hospital’s LGBT office touts that it is a “leader in LGBT healthcare equality.”
Despite politically correct news reports about the hospital’s cutting edge care for the 20 transgendered patients, the IG found out that there were “system weaknesses in credentialing and privileging, utilization management, patient safety, environmental cleanliness … and Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program processes” for the remaining veteran population.”
An alarming 87 percent of employees didn’t have proper training for “their assigned risk area.” Hospital staff also did not consistently document hourly safety and security rounds, according to the report.