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VA Hospital In Atlanta Shuffles Staff After Poor Rating

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is studying why the quality rating for the Atlanta VA Medical Center, seen through a parking garage window in 2013, dropped to one star out of a possible five.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is studying why the quality rating for the Atlanta VA Medical Center, seen through a parking garage window in 2013, dropped to one star out of a possible five.
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The VA Medical Center in Atlanta has temporarily reassigned some leaders after the hospital was rated as one of the worst in the nation.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution report comes as the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs studies why the hospital’s quality rating dropped to one star out of a possible five.

The regional director over the Atlanta medical center said the reassignments do not indicate employee wrongdoing. Leslie Wiggins said the changes should reassure veterans that the center is committed to quality.

A news release says the hospital chief has retired. The deputy chief of staff and chiefs of the emergency, primary care and clinical access services departments have been reassigned.

A spokeswoman says many of the staff members may return to their positions when the investigation is complete.