A federal audit shows that five Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Ohio scheduled most of their patients for appointments within 30 days, and two of those sites have been flagged for further review.
The VA says more than 57,000 patients nationwide have been waiting three months or more for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics.
The Veteran’s Administration is at the center of a growing scandal encompassing some 26 VA Hospitals – that have been found to have excessively long waiting lists for healthcare. Several states are accused of doctoring those waiting lists to make it look like vets were getting care faster than they were, and some families of vets are saying the situation has resulted in the deaths of their loved ones. A recent investigation by the Dayton Dayton Daily News and Cox Media detailed the situation in Ohio. WYSO’s Jerry Kenney spoke Josh Sweigart, the reporter largely behind that report.
Update at 3:00pm: One person was injured in a shooting at the Dayton VA Medical Center earlier today, and a suspect is in custody, according to the Dayton Police Department. The shooting took place around noon in the basement of the the VA Clinic and the VA has been on lockdown since just after police were alerted around 12:15pm.
A veterans center in Dayton is planning a $5 million renovation of the dementia unit of its long-term care facility.
Officials at the Dayton VA Medical Center tell the Dayton Daily News that the project calls for modernizing the 40-bed unit with updated safety and technology features, and "quality-of-life" enhancements.
Hospital officials say the renovation is part of $84 million in upgrades already approved for federal funding.
The medical center provides medical care to more than 35,000 veterans a year at its campus, west of downtown Dayton.