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Montana VA suspends care at Miles City facility over patient safety concerns

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The Montana VA says it is temporarily suspending care at the Miles City Community Living Center due to lack of staffing and concerns over patient safety.

The state agency says it identified safety issues in December and has been evaluating the CLC since then.

Montana VA executive director Judy Hayman said in a statement Thursday that because of staffing challenges, the center is “unable to ensure … a critical level of high-quality care” at the nursing home.

The CLC is currently home to 14 residents served by about 40 staff members.

"We are proactively transitioning Veterans to other locations based on their and their families' preference," Hayman said.

There is no timeline for when the CLC may begin providing care again. The VA says current vacancies at the facility include physical therapy, social work, nursing leadership, nurse educator, and recreation therapy.

In the meantime, staff from the VA will relocate to Miles City to help with veteran care.

The Miles City Community Living Center was among the Montana facilities the federal VA recommended closing in a recent report.