Stars and Stripes stripes.com 22 Dec, 2020 21:30 am

New Mexico State Veterans Home administrator is put on leave

New Mexico State Veterans Home administrator is put on leave
The administrator of the New Mexico State Veterans Home has been placed on administrative leave while the state investigates whether proper procedures were followed before COVID-19 swept through the state-run home and turned deadly over the past two months.

Acting state DOH Deputy Director Jason Cornwell said Derek Wheeler, the facilities manager at DOH, is serving as interim administrator at the veterans home.It's his home to run," Cornwell said.Sullivan, who was hired about a year ago after working 30 years at another Truth or Consequences nursing home, will be on administrative leave pending the outcome of licensing and employment investigations, Cornwell said.The state had been monitoring the situation at the home as well as the outcomes, Cornwell said.

" "People need to stick to the game plan, because that's the best possible shot to avoid the outcome," Cornwell said." Cornwell said there is no evidence that anyone at the home, which has about 100 residents, deliberately undercounted its COVID-deaths.

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