Manteno, IL (WGEM) — Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed an executive order to do more to ensure the health, safety and security of residents and workers at all of Illinois Veterans’ Homes.
“The state of Illinois must provide a safe, healthy environment where veterans and their spouses receive quality care,” said Governor Pritzker. “This executive order will hold state agencies accountable to the people and ensure the state is delivering quality care to our nation’s heroes – and take action where the state has fallen short in the past. Veterans served us. Now it’s our turn to serve them.”
Gov. Pritzker signed an executive order that calls for a complete audit of the health, safety, and security process and procedures at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Office of the Governor stated that within 120 days, IDVA will deliver a report to the governor containing a comprehensive review of weaknesses, strengths, and opportunities for improvement at Illinois Veterans’ Homes. That includes policies, protocols and procedures related to:
- Identification and remediation of health and safety issues;
- Communication between state, federal and local agencies;
- Communication with residents, family members and the public;
- Facility maintenance schedules that protect the health and safety of residents and workers.
To complete this report, IDVA will work with the Illinois Department of Public Health and consult state and national experts, residents and their family members and employees involved in providing critical care to residents.
“We have to do all we can to prevent a repeat of what happened in Quincy at the Manteno Veterans’ Home,” said Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr. (D-17th). “These men and women have sacrificed so much for the people of this great state and country. We have an obligation to protect our heroes as they have protected us and this means collecting as much information as possible so we can be transparent with them, their families and the public and take all necessary precautions to protect them from any harm, particularly Legionnaires’ disease.”
Pritzker said that after the gross mismanagement of the past that cost veterans their lives, he is determined to ensure that services don’t fall short of the high standard veterans deserve.