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VA touts 'transformation,' 5 years after Phoenix hospital scandal

Five years after the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix made national headlines for falsifying records about patient wait times, agency officials told House lawmakers Wednesday that the system has seen a “tremendous transformation.”... Read more»

McCain touts experience, Kirkpatrick says it’s time for a change in Senate debate

Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick both said they could work through the gridlock in Washington, but they parted ways on health care, immigration and the economy in a debate Monday for the Senate seat McCain has held for five terms.... Read more»1

VA official: Nelson right choice to head Phoenix hospital, despite objections

RimaAnn Nelson is the right choice to take over the Phoenix VA Health Care System, according to Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary David Shulkin, despite objections from Arizona’s congressional delegation and her record of managing a facility that failed to meet sanitation standards that potentially put thousands of veterans at risk of being exposed to HIV.... Read more»

'Long overdue' firing of Phx VA officials not end of the process

The three Phoenix officials who got “long overdue” termination notices Tuesday from the Department of Veterans Affairs still have the right to a lengthy appeals process that could extend their cases by months or more.... Read more»

VA firing 3 top officials at troubled Phx hospital

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday that it has issued “notices of proposed removal” to three top executives at the Phoenix health care system – two years after problems there were first reported.... Read more»

Az lawmakers say Phx VA needs more work in wake of ex-director's guilty plea

Arizona lawmakers welcomed Tuesday’s announcement that the former director of the Phoenix VA hospital pleaded guilty to failing to disclose gifts from a lobbyist, but said it was too little and too late for veterans waiting for justice. ... Read more»