DAYTON, Ohio(AP) - Public records show the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid out $940,000 in cases related to the deaths of eight Dayton VA Medical Center patients.
The center came under scrutiny last year after allegations of improper hygiene by a dentist at a clinic. Records requested and obtained by the Dayton Daily News reveal the center has faced 72 medical malpractice claims since 2007, including those related to eight deaths between 2005 and 2008. There are pending claims over two deaths in 2009 and 2010.
The medical center said it takes all tort claims seriously but noted that the 72 claims represent a tiny fraction of the 3 million instances of patient care logged during the same years.
Twenty-two of the 72 claims involved the dental clinic.