Veterans: you have or will likely see news coverage about the Omaha VA Medical Center caregivers notifying
Veterans about potential TB exposure. We want to ensure you have the pertinent, accurate facts to dispel any
rumors or misinformation.
There were 151 Veterans who were identified as having been cared for at the Omaha VA Medical Center
between March to June, 2012, whose medical records indicated that they were in contact with a medical
resident who was later identified as having active Tuberculosis.
If you are one of the 151 Veterans, you most-likely would have been contacted already, since we have been
personally making phone calls to each of these Veterans.
When VA becomes aware of a potential exposure risk, even if small, it is our practice to notify the Veterans
who may have been exposed. Our caregivers have made personal phone calls to the Veterans who were in
contact with the medical resident during the active exposure time period to inform them, and to advise that they
may need a routine TB skin test.
We have also communicated with employees and volunteers to ensure they are aware, and to discuss our plan
for TB skin testing for them.
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System leadership takes the health and welfare of our employees,
volunteers, and Veterans very seriously. When concerns arise, as in this case, we take a proactive approach to
ensure that we identify the facts of the situation and address them immediately.
Providing our Nations Veterans with high-quality health care they deserve remains the top priority of the VA
Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.
If you have further questions, contact our Office of Public Affairs at 1-800-451-5796, ext. 94719.