Veterans home CEO: State filed vendor complaints

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By David Bailey

Our 13 Watchdog team has found information that’s prompting new questions about the level of care at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Several leaders within the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs tell us the facility is often understaffed and some workers are having to work very long hours to cover staff shortages. These findings are prompting new questions about whether the people who live inside that home, and taxpayers, are getting what they should be.

J2S is the contractor supplying nursing aides to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The contract to the company is worth an estimated $33 million.

The company is required to provide all of the nurse assistants and supervisors required by the state’s contract for every shift, 24 hours a day. But we are hearing this from interim CEO Jim Dunn about the staffing of the facility by J2S: “We’ve already gone on record to say it’s a problem,” Dunn said. “We’re not satisfied with the shortages.”

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