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New Director Says Atlanta VA Hospital is Making Improvements

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The new director of the Atlanta VA Medical Center  says changes are being made after federal audits showed poor patient care. 

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Leslie Wiggins was appointed to head the center in May after the audits linked three patient deaths in the past two years to mismanagement. A fourth death was later reported.

Wiggins says the hospital has since made many improvements.

“Although the Atlanta VA has faced some recent challenges, I want every veteran to know that we’re committed to serving them with a level of excellence they have already earned and certainly deserve,” Wiggins says.

She says the hospital has added additional mental health staff, placed VA-licensed social workers at contracted facilities and implement a new tracking system for patients. 

However, Wiggins declined to give any details on staff disciplinary measures and says things are still under investigation. 

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson has called for a field hearing in August to ensure the Center is following through on making improvements.