Atlanta VA director: Changes under way after audit - FOX 35 News Orlando

Atlanta VA director: Changes under way after audit

The new director of Atlanta's VA hospital, Leslie Wiggins, met with reporters on Thursday. The new director of Atlanta's VA hospital, Leslie Wiggins, met with reporters on Thursday.

By JAIME HENRY-WHITE
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The new director of Atlanta's VA hospital says improvements are being made in the wake of 2 federal audits detailing allegations of mismanagement and poor patient care at the facility.

Director Leslie Wiggins met with reporters on Thursday to detail steps being taken at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Those steps include assigning VA-licensed social workers to contracted mental health facilities and creating a tracking system for mental health patients referred to outside facilities.

Earlier this year, the VA's Office of Inspector General linked the allegations to three deaths at the facility. Reports of a fourth death surfaced later.

At least two hospital employees have been reprimanded. Wiggins says she can't comment on any disciplinary matters. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has requested a field hearing to be held in August.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:36:51 GMT
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
  • Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:20:30 GMT
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
  • Man back in jail on rape charges after previous peeping tom arrest

    Man back in jail on rape charges after previous peeping tom arrest

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:28:00 GMT
    Cobb Police say a young Kennesaw man, who was arrested earlier this month on trespassing and felony peeping tom charges, sexually forced himself on a young woman last week.
    Cobb Police say a young Kennesaw man, who was arrested earlier this month on trespassing and felony peeping tom charges, sexually forced himself on a young woman last week.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices