5 leave Armed Forces Retirement Home amid investigation

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Five employees have resigned and an investigation is underway at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, sparked by a whistle blower.

Officials with the home said a nurse, who resigned from the facility back in April, brought several of her concerns to management. She made specific allegations about supervision and staffing issues, as well as operations at the pharmacy.

The Acting Chief Operating Officer ordered an investigation into the allegations and an overall assessment of the Gulfport facility. As a result of that investigation, the allegations were found to be true and five employees elected to resign.

Officials said that the health and safety of the home's residents was never at risk.

Nursing staff from the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington has been sent to Gulfport to "re-enforce AFRH healthcare policies, procedures and protocols." Recruitment is underway to replace the employees who left.

The AFRH Inspector General is in the process of finalizing a public report on the investigation, which should be available in the next three weeks.

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