Veterans Affairs Hospitals

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VA takes steps to meet increase in demand for appointments

As of Nov. 1, the latest data available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA had 35,973 pending appointments at its two Augusta hospitals and outpatient clinics in Aiken and Athens.
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Freedom's Path veteran housing project approved for funding

A year after a legal dispute threatened to kill project funding, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has awarded Freedom's Path $790,000 in federal tax credits.
By Wesley Brown | Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Nursing chief named interim director

Michelle Cox-Henley, the chief of nursing and patient services at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has been named acting director of the Augusta hospital.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Augusta VA still has problems a year after deaths

A year after thousands of delayed gastrointestinal procedures at the Charlie Norwoood Veterans Affairs Medical Center led to three cancer-related deaths, the Augusta hospital still lacks permanent ...
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Nurses participate in Ebola safety protest

Protesting in front of the Augusta VA's downtown hospital, nurse Irma Westmoreland said dozens of hospitals still lack enough hazardous materials suits that properly protect nurses from Ebola ...
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Next Augusta VA director likely from outside hospital

A review of The Augusta Chronicle's archives of the hospital's previous directors shows that the past six leaders - including Robert Hamilton who resigned last week - were not on the staff of ...
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

VA director resigns after inquiry report issued

Robert Hamilton's resignation as director of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center this week comes as senior leaders within the Department of Veterans Affairs begin to review a "comprehensive" ...
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Wounded veteran sues over medical treatment

A wounded Iraq War veteran has filed suit against the government after discovering the seeping wound he endured for years resulted from a sponge left inside him after an operation at the Augusta ...
By Sandy Hodson | Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Augusta VA director to resign

Robert Hamilton will resign as the director of the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Center, leaving the embattled Augusta hospital without a leader.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Augusta playground dedicated in honor of WWII veteran

With the help of an Augusta family whose father sought treatment 60 years ago, the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Fisher House has opened a new play area.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Isakson says VA legislation gaining ground

During a visit to The Augusta Chronicle, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said new legislation that provides for more timely care and improved accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs ...
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Augusta VA builds parking deck

The three-story garage will feature 114 handicapped and spinal-cord patient spots on the first floor and 377 spaces on levels 2 and3 when it's completed in September 2015.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Former Augusta VA director awarded nearly $18,000 in bonuses despite deaths

According to new records, Rebecca Wiley received $9,000 in performance pay in 2007, and $7,500 and $1,500 in cash bonuses in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Veteran housing project files for funding again

The developers believe the assistance will help transform two vacant historic buildings by the end of 2016 into 78 one-bedroom apartments where homeless and disabled veterans can find affordable ...
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Augusta VA staff received scheduling training

Staffers who set appointments at the VA Medical Center received training on the hospital's scheduling system months before auditors found falsified entries were encouraged and incorrect usage was ...
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Virtual intensive care unit goes live at Augusta VA

A computerized intensive care unit went live at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center on Wednesday to link critically ill veterans with experts in Cincinnati, Ohio.
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

VA whistleblower files retaliation complaint

Laura Frantz says that Daniel Hoffman is the main person behind eight years of "harassment and improper processing of employee compensation and benefits."
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

VA police arrested on marijuana charge

Daniel Williamson, 28, of Augusta, was issued a citation and jailed in the Richmond County Detention Center about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11 for having up to an ounce of marijuana in his possession.
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Ex-Augusta VA director paid $76k, retired

Rebecca Wiley agreed to dismiss allegations against the VA of wrongful or unlawful conduct on the condition the agency pays her $76,006 to retire.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Macon pastor wins Augusta VA's resident chaplain of year

Dianne Lewis named the Augusta area's resident chaplain of the year.
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
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