Acting VA secretary to visit Dorn on Wednesday

Published: Jul. 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2014 at 3:50 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - With the number of problems that have been identified at Dorn VA Medical Center through various reports and audits, the acting Secretary of Veteran Affairs will be in town on Wednesday to take a closer look at how things are run.

Secretary Sloan Gibson is slated to meet with hospital leaders and administrators at Dorn after lunch on Wednesday.

The most recent audit for Dorn suggests the average wait time for new patient is close to 77 days, one of the worst marks in the country.

Audits have also noted six preventable deaths. Congressman Joe Wilson said it is important that the secretary comes to see things for himself. Wilson said he is relieved there was no "fake waiting list" at Dorn, but he said there are still a number of other problems that the VA needs to address.

"We also know that there have been delays," Wilson said. "We know that the colonoscopy delay was catastrophic to patients. We know that the closing of the operating rooms was because of infection and contamination, which is inexcusable. So, over and over again, this has got to be addressed."

Wilson's colleague, Sen. Tim Scott, submitted a list of very specific questions to Dorn directly weeks ago. Scott says these questions were not answered by the VA.

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