Dayton VA Medical Center

The director of a local VA medical center rocked last year by allegations of improper dental-clinic hygiene says any lingering patient-care concerns have been addressed and improvements made.

The director says Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center received a "clean slate" on issues identified by the VA's inspector general's office. An inspector general's spokeswoman would not comment Monday.

An investigation found a clinic dentist wasn't regularly changing latex gloves or properly sterilizing equipment. The dentist denies the allegations.

The Dayton VA Medical Center has a new director.  The Center that serves some A southwest Ohio medical center that serves some 37,000 veterans says Glenn Costie took over today.

The Dayton VA Medical center, which was rocked by dental clinic hygiene problems, says he is committed to delivering high quality and safe care to veterans.

Costie was the director at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO, the last two-plus years. He spent much of his 27-year VA career at Cleveland's VA Medical Center.

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The Dayton VA Center is the third oldest medical center in the VA system. They offer both primary and acute care services. The center is also home to a community living center and several rehabilitation programs. In 2010 the VA Center implemented a comprehensive healthcare program that offers more on-site services to female veterans, and the care they provide reaches anywhere between 1,600 and and 3,000 women.

DAYTON, Ohio(AP) - An Ohio congressman wants Veterans Affairs medical personnel who ignore infection control standards to face possible imprisonment.

Republican Rep. Mike Turner plans to announce legislation Monday allowing the government to fine and imprison for up to one year VA health employees for intentionally bypassing safeguards. The Dayton Daily News reports Turner is likely to formally introduce the bill after Labor Day.