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August 17, 2011

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home Receives Consecutive Perfect Score

Lincoln—For the second year in a row, the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (ENVH) has received a “perfect score” on their annual survey by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This means the facility had no deficiencies in the areas of life safety, environment, staff training and development, dietary food service, finance-member banking and billing, social services, recreation/activities, medical-staff credentialing, and many areas related to quality assurance and care.

The VA survey team was comprised of seven experts from different parts of the country and was complimentary of the facility’s staff and service. Some of their comments included: “Commend your clinical trainer on education and records.” “Hats off to housekeeping – a very clean facility.” “Maintenance is very efficient in fixing any problems.”

Jeff Smith, the facility’s administrator, credits the Home’s 140 staff for their genuine commitment to service. Smith said he and his staff are honored to be part of the Nebraska Veterans’ Homes System, which “takes care of America’s heroes.”

The ENVH is located at 12505 S. 40th Street, Bellevue. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Veterans’ Homes has three other facilities in Norfolk, Grand Island, and Scottsbluff.

ENVH is the second veteran’s home in Nebraska to receive a “perfect score” on its survey two years in a row. The Western Nebraska Veterans’ Home in Scottsbluff achieved this status in June.

John Hilgert, Director of the DHHS Division of Veterans’ Homes, complimented both facilities and said it is unique for two Veterans’ Homes in a state to be deficiency-free two years in a row.