Getting Avalon out of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home is only the first step. The questions about what happened and how 71 of 89 residents were infected with COVID-19 and 26 kupuna died should not end with Avalon’s departure.
The announcement late Friday that Avalon Health Care and the state had agreed to transfer control of the veterans home in Hilo to the state’s Hawaii Health Systems Corp. came with statements that sounded carefully crafted to avoid litigation.
Allison Griffiths, spokesperson and vice president of legal affairs for Avalon Health Care Group, said: “Throughout the pandemic, Avalon has diligently sought to implement the guidelines of the Hawaii state Department of Health, the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Avalon has been and continues to be deeply committed to the welfare of all of our residents and will work with HHSC to transition the facility to its leadership.”
That’s not the tune she was singing earlier in the…