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Veterans Affairs medical center planned in Cape Girardeau

Sep. 22, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials are planning a new $47.4 million Veterans Affairs health care center in Cape Girardeau. Officials at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff announced plans for the cente on Friday. The 43,000-square-foot health care center will be on a 7-acre...

Fourth patient named in probe of veterans hospital deaths

Sep. 19, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The family of a fourth patient is seeking answers as authorities investigate multiple suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. Lawyer Dino Colombo says he's representing the family of 85-year-old Army veteran Archie Edgell, who died at the Louis A. Johnson...

Prosecutors: Nurse took drugs intended for dying veterans

Sep. 18, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former nurse at a veterans' hospital in Massachusetts took liquid morphine intended for dying patients for her own use and then administered diluted doses. Prosecutors say 55-year-old Kathleen Noftle took the drugs in 2017 from veterans under her care in the hospice...

Surgeon banned from operating room at Wichita VA hospital

Sep. 17, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A surgeon accused of mishandling surgeries in Missouri is banned from the operating room of the Wichita Veteran Affairs hospital while his work is being reviewed. The Kansas City Star reports Veteran Affair's banned urologist Christel Wambi-Kiesse from doing surgeries at the Robert...

$11.5M settlement in Virginia over Navy hospital birth

Sep. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle a medical negligence lawsuit by a Virginia couple involving the birth of their son five years ago at a military hospital in Guam. A federal judge on Friday approved the monetary settlement to help the parents care for...

Third family comes forward in probe of VA hospital deaths

Sep. 12, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A third family has come forward in an investigation of multiple suspicious patient deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. Attorney Tony O'Dell says Thursday he's representing the family of Navy veteran John Hallman after the 87-year-old died at the Louis A. Johnson...

VA investigating sexual assaults at West Virginia hospital

Sep. 11, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating allegations of sexual assaults at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. The VA inspector general issued a statement this week saying the office is working with federal law enforcement to look into multiple assaults at the Beckley VA...

Finnish conscripts injured in attempt to avoid reindeer

Sep. 11, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's defense department says 12 military conscripts ended up in the hospital after an armored personnel carrier tried to avert a reindeer and was hit by a second vehicle. The Finnish Defense Forces said five of the injured recruits remained under observation on Wednesday. The rest have...

Dayton VA chief headed to Cleveland

Sep. 8, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of Dayton's VA medical center will become the new director of the VA in Cleveland. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that Jill Dietrich will take over the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System on Sept. 29. An executive from the Cleveland system will serve...

Veterans battling PTSD push to expand writing program

Sep. 8, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Creative writing helped Stephen Henderson process Vietnam. It taught him to manage his PTSD, allowing him to feel comfortable again. The former-marine could now enter a room and sit with his back to the door. He could be vulnerable and confide more in his family, revealing his love...