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.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,