Gov. Eric Greitens is calling for the Missouri Veterans Commission – which he has reconfigured with five new members – to meet this week and fire the panel’s executive director and the head of a state veterans home in north St. Louis County.
At a news conference Monday outside the facility, Greitens said he also is ordering an examination of all state veterans homes in the wake of an independent study by a private health care firm that determined a “substandard quality of care’’ at the 300-bed St. Louis Veterans Home in Bellefontaine Neighbors.
Greitens said he wants the Veterans Commission to fire that home’s administrator, Rolando Carter, as well as commission executive director Larry Kay. The governor said he has no recommended permanent replacements, but has plans for interim officials in those posts.
Among other things, the probe by Harmony Healthcare International cited cases where patients weren’t given their medications on time and suffered bed sores because personnel failed to give them appropriate personal care.
Greitens’ staff said his administration paid between $55,000 and $60,000 for the one-month study this fall by Harmony Healthcare. That inquiry took place in November.
Greitens’ actions come about a week after Lt. Gov. Mike Parson went public with similar concerns. State Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh, whose north St. Louis County district includes the home, also supports a leadership change.