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Head Of Pittsburgh VA Placed On Administrative Leave

The head of VA healthcare system in Pittsburgh is now out, placed Friday on administrative leave.

06/13/2014

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President Obama Addresses VA Hospital Scandal

President Obama summoned Eric Shineski, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to the Oval Office to discuss the growing scandal inside the department’s medical system.

05/21/2014

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Pittsburgh Hospital Had Legionella In Ice Machines

The bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease was found in ice machines at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s flagship hospital, where officials say one patient died and two were sickened by the bug last year.

05/02/2014

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Internal Reviews Find Human Error At VA Responsible For Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Two internal reviews regarding the spread of Legionnaires’ Disease at Pittsburgh’s VA facilities shows employees and staff may have been responsible for the deadly outbreak.

03/12/2014

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Legionella Found In Sharpsburg Senior High Rise Building

One person was sickened by Legionella found in the water of a senior high rise building in Sharpsburg.

11/19/2013

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Congress Opens Another VA Hearing About Legionnaire’s Disease

A Congressional committee is holding a second hearing on a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak at Pittsburgh’s Veterans Affairs hospitals that killed at least five patients and sickened 21 since 2011.

09/09/2013

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Legionella Bacteria Turns Up During Routine Testing At VA Complex In Oakland

In May of last year the opening of the VA Hospital’s new medical building in Oakland was a tonic after all the bad publicity because of the Legionella bacteria outbreak at veterans’ facilities here.

08/30/2013

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Casey Calls On CDC To Review All Local Legionnaires’ Cases

A sixth death from legionella bacteria — possibly linked to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh — has prompted U.S. Sen. Bob Casey to call on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to re-examine all cases of legionnaire’s disease in the Pittsburgh area.

07/30/2013

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Legionella Bacteria Detected At UPMC Nursing Home In Squirrel Hill

UPMC confirms that Legionella bacteria has been detected at Heritage Place, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility managed by UPMC in Squirrel Hill.

07/17/2013

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County Testing Point State Park Fountain For Legionnaires’ Disease

The Allegheny County Health Department is testing the water in the fountain at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park after a recent visitor was diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease, which is commonly spread by waterborne bacteria.

07/02/2013

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Legionella Detected At VA Outpatient Facility In Washington County

Legionella has turned up at another local VA facility.

05/16/2013

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Controversy Brewing Over VA Hospital Presidential Award

When Maureen Ciarolla of Monroeville heard who the latest recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award is, she had a lot to say.

05/02/2013

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Sen. Casey: Federal Probe Into VA Legionnaires’ Outbreak Shows Failures

Sen. Bob Casey says the findings of a federal investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Pittsburgh VA are an important step toward preventing future occurrences.

04/23/2013

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Officials Take Quick Action After Legionella Detected At Nursing Home

When a female resident at York Commons was diagnosed last month with pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria, county officials tested a water sample from the a senior citizens’ high-rise in Lawrenceville. The results forced them into action.

04/14/2013

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Casey Introduces Legislation Requiring VA To Report Legionnaires’

New legislation is being proposed in response to a Legionnaires’ outbreak at the VA Healthcare System in Pittsburgh that killed five patients.

03/26/2013

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