The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Community Living Center has received a four-star rating out of a possible five stars.

Roseburg VA Interim Director Dave Whitmer said in a written news release that staff members have worked hard to improve the center.

They started a Fall Reduction Observation Group, or FROG, a team of clinicians that reviews every incident in which a patient fell down at the center. The goal is to figure out what happened each time, so future falls can be prevented. The center has also improved medication management and reduced the use of anti-psychotropic medications. And staff members have been performing weekly rounds to assess the environment, including building and equipment issues, so that problems can be resolved before they have the chance to impact patient care.

The center has also improved hospice care by admitting patients quicker and involving the family more. Staff members are also receiving additional training in hopes they will be better able to deescalate and prevent patient behavioral problems.

The Community Living Center ranking is based on a ranking system used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to rank private sector nursing homes.

“While we are enthused and encouraged by our CLC 4-star rating we still have room to improve and provide even better care to our Veterans moving forward,” the news release said.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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