ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Veterans Administration Hospital in Roseburg is back on the right track.
The hospital has been taken off the "high risk" list by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Roseburg VA is now rated a two-star facility on a one-to-five scale.
4th District Congressman Peter DeFazio's office issued a written statement that says, in part, "This is a good step, but it's only one of many that the Roseburg VA needs to take to become a top-tier facility."
Last year, DeFazio pushed for an investigation into allegations of mismanagement and substandard patient care.
The full text of the the press release from Congressman DeFazio's office:
Rep. Peter DeFazio today applauded the VA Roseburg Healthcare System (VARHS) for the removal of its high-risk status by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
“This is a good step, but it is only one of many that the Roseburg VA needs to take in order to become a top-tier facility,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “The next step is hiring a new director with strong leadership qualities, a history of working in veterans’ healthcare, and a proven track record of success in management. I look forward to working with this individual to ensure that we are doing all we can to provide the best care possible to southwest Oregon’s veterans.”
Late last year, DeFazio initiated an investigation into allegations of mismanagement and substandard patient care within VAHRS. The VA found evidence substantiating six concerns, including problems with employee management and intimidation, medical care, and inadequate resources. Due to their findings, the VA issued 28 recommendations to local, regional and national level offices in an effort to produce significant improvements within VARHS as well as VA Medical Centers around the country.
As a result of these findings, VARHS was placed on the VA’s high-risk list and rated as a one of the lowest performing, one-star facilities in the country. The hospital was rated by the VA’s Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learn (SAIL) metric, which rates hospitals on a star system, with one star being the worst and five stars being the best.
As of Thursday, VARHS is rated as a two-star facility.
“Improving the rating of the healthcare system is an important step, but it is crucial that the VA remains focused on improving all aspects of VARHS,” DeFazio said. “That will take continued intense focus from VARHS senior leaders, VISN 20, and the VA’s central office in Washington, D.C.”