The Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System occasionally delayed reporting test results for patients suspected of having Legionnaires’ disease, but treatment wasn’t affected by those delays, the VA’s Office of Inspector General said in a report issued Tuesday.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired the director of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System a month after the department says internal investigators determine she committed unspecified “conduct unbecoming a senior executive.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday recommended firing the director of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System for unspecified “conduct unbecoming a senior executive.”
A VA Hospital patient tested positive for Legionella.
The head of VA healthcare system in Pittsburgh is now out, placed Friday on administrative leave.
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.
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.
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.
One person was sickened by Legionella found in the water of a senior high rise building in Sharpsburg.
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.
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.
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.
UPMC confirms that Legionella bacteria has been detected at Heritage Place, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility managed by UPMC in Squirrel Hill.
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.
Legionella has turned up at another local VA facility.