The VA also launched an investigation into the case of a dying veteran in the Atlanta complex who was found in early September covered in more than 100 ant bites. Staffing changes were made after the circumstances of the vet's death came to light. That report has not been released.
When the Joint Commission member or members showed up Monday - it was unclear how many came - the VA sent an email to staff letting them know an unannounced visit was about to happen. The email reminded staff to be sure all standards are adhered to, such as removing all expired medications, picking up dirty linens off the floors and making sure needle boxes are less than two-thirds full.
Greg Kendall, a spokesman for the hospital, confirmed the visit by the accrediting agency and said in a written statement: “We welcome their assistance and look forward to implementing any recommendations they have regarding how we can enhance care for the (V)eterans we are entrusted to serve.”
The hospital and its associated clinics serve more than 120,000 veterans.
Read the AJC’s story about the problems at the VA hospital coming to head.