VA moves patients, cites concerns at Pa. hospital

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Posted: Mar 30, 2011 10:46 AM
VA moves patients, cites concerns at Pa. hospital

U.S. Veterans Affairs officials have transferred eight patients out of a Pittsburgh VA hospital because of unspecified concerns about the care they were receiving.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the VA issued a statement saying, "Last week, VA Pittsburgh leadership were concerned that the services provided on one inpatient unit did not satisfy our commitment to provide effective, safe, and first-rate care to veterans."

The VA isn't saying what the problems were. A spokesman says the facility in question is its 146-bed University Drive Division, though the agency isn't identifying the specific unit.

The patients are now at a hospital run by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, though officials won't say which one. UPMC officials say they can't comment without patient names, which the VA isn't releasing.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com