VA denies plan to shutter Miles City nursing home outlined in leaked document
Published 3 months ago by The Billings Gazette

The VA Montana Health Care Systems campus in Miles City, in a file photo from last October. The main building, built in 1948, was originally the Veteran's Administration Hospital.

The VA Montana Health Care Systems campus in Miles City is seen recently.

Eastern Montana Veteran's Home in Glendive

The VA Medical Center and Outpatient Clinic at Fort Harrison is pictured in this file photo from 2014. 

Nurse manager Kari Mrnak tours the community living center on the VA Montana Health Care Systems campus in Miles City on Oct. 13.

HELENA — A document obtained by Lee Newspapers suggests closing the 29-bed Veterans Affairs nursing home in Miles City, as well as reducing hours at outpatient clinics in Montana and Wyoming, but a spokesman for the VA says the document is just for "brainstorming" purposes and closures are not planned.

Last Thursday, the Montana and regional VA directors gave a presentation to union leadership representing VA employees, as well as staff members from Wyoming’s congressional delegation and staffers for U.S. Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Jon Tester, D-Mont.

The presentation, which is labeled a working document, makes recommendations that include closing the Miles City nursing home, which has 18 residents. It also recommends running the Glen ...

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