Arkansas State Veterans Home Administrator Resigns

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 2:00 pm


April 19, 2016

Arkansas State Veterans Home Administrator Resigns

~ Former Long Term Care Ombudsman to serve as interim Administrator

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) announced Tuesday the resignation of Kriss Schaffer from the position of Nursing Home Administrator for the Arkansas State Veterans Home at Fayetteville (ASVH-F).

Schaffer came out of retirement from the private sector to administer the home in January 2014.

“As a Veteran, I want to thank Kriss for his service to our residents and wish him the best in a much deserved retirement,” said Matt Snead, Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Snead announced that Kathie Gately will serve as the interim Nursing Home Administer for ASVH-F. Gately was named as the Administrator for Arkansas State Nursing Home in North Little Rock last month. She was previously employed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services, where she served as the state’s Long Term Care Omdbudsman from 2003 to 2016. Gately has over 25 years of experience in social work and advocacy for long term care patients in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s in social work from Arkansas State University.

Snead also announced ADVA will begin conducting a nationwide search for a new administrator.

ADVA is a state agency created in 1923 to operate Veterans Homes(s), Veteran Cemeteries and administer the statewide Veteran Service Officer Network. Officials broke ground for the Arkansas State Veterans Home at Fayetteville September 3, 2004. The home is a licensed Medicaid/Medicare 108-bed skilled nursing facility that provides a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for Veterans.