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VA: 'Facts are much different' on viral photo of Veteran on ground at Murfreesboro hospital

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Vet on Floor


A Veteran's sister claimed in a post that went viral that her brother waited eight hours before he was placed in a VA hospital bed. The VA says otherwise. Nashville Tennessean

But Tennessee Valley Healthcare System says their review of the photo determined that "the facts are much different than what’s presented.”

VA spokesman Chris Vadnais told the USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee that officials first learned of the photo Friday night and immediately started an investigation.

Officials reviewed Mims' medical records and found he was admitted to Murfreesboro VA on Thursday, the day before the photo was posted online, he said.

Mims was contacted directly and he told officials that his sister, who had accompanied him to his appointment, helped him move to the floor of the exam room because he was tired.

Mims estimated he was on the floor about 10 minutes before a provider returned.

“Mims is now an inpatient in our facility and he is being well taken care of. Our medical center director has visited the patient and has his assurance that he received good care and has no complaints,” Vadnais said.

Hobbs and Mims could not be reached for comment. But Hobbs posted one last update for the thousands now following her post Monday morning.

She wrote that "the head of Veterans affairs came in from Washington," on Sunday regarding her brother's case.

"He is now getting good care," she replied to a commenter.

Murfreesboro VA remains among the most poorly rated Veterans hospitals in the country. Their average wait time for new patients seeking primary care appointments is 26 days, according to the VA website.


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