VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System http://wesa.fm en VA Honors Veteran Patients with 'National Salute' Events http://wesa.fm/post/va-honors-veteran-patients-national-salute-events <p>The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is celebrating its annual "National Salute to Veteran Patients," a week-long series of events that applaud veterans' sacrifices and draws attention to those receiving medical care.</p><p>In Pittsburgh, the VA will hold events at both its <a href="http://www.pittsburgh.va.gov/university_drive.asp">University Drive campus</a> in Oakland and <a href="http://www.pittsburgh.va.gov/HJ_Heinz.asp">H.J. Heinz campus</a> in O'Hara Township.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 24009 at http://wesa.fm Lawsuit Follows a Report on Lack of Legionella Reporting http://wesa.fm/post/lawsuit-follows-report-lack-legionella-reporting <p>The first wrongful death lawsuit sprouting from the 2011-12 Legionella outbreak at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital was filed Friday — a day after a VA Office of Inspector General's report indicated more than a third of the nation’s VA Hospitals did not report cases, assess patient risk or evaluate treatment of Legionnaires' disease.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) said he is surprised Pittsburgh VA wasn’t the only location where staffers weren’t properly communicating about Legionella.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:58:25 +0000 Emily Farah 14205 at http://wesa.fm Congressman Murphy: VA System Needs to Rebuild Trust in Wake of Legionella Admission http://wesa.fm/post/congressman-murphy-va-system-needs-rebuild-trust-wake-legionella-admission <p>Officials with the VA Pittsburgh Health System have revealed that about 10 veterans may have been sickened by Legionella bacteria several years before a larger outbreak that began in 2011.</p><p>That has been blamed for five deaths, and at least 16 people were infected in 2011 and 2012. Since that time investigations have found lax reporting of Legionella bacteria in the system and other issues. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) said trust has been a major issue between the VA system and its veterans.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:50:13 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12515 at http://wesa.fm VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Hires More Mental Health Professionals http://wesa.fm/post/va-pittsburgh-healthcare-system-hires-more-mental-health-professionals <p>As part of a national mandate from President Obama to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals in the veterans’ health system, the VA Pittsburgh Health System has hired 30 new mental health professionals plus an additional 14 to fill existing vacancies.</p><p>“I think it’s obvious that if we have more people offering service, then more people could obtain services and obtain them quicker,” said Jeffrey Peters, associate chief of staff for behavior health at the VA Pittsburgh.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 11457 at http://wesa.fm More Lawmakers Call on VA to Address Infectious Disease Disclosures http://wesa.fm/post/more-lawmakers-call-va-address-infectious-disease-disclosures <p>Several members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation are calling on the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System to put in place new written guidelines outlining duties and responsibilities for infectious disease control.</p><p>This follows a <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/investigation-reveals-failures-pittsburgh-va-hospital-legionnaires-outbreak">scathing report</a> from the VA Office of the Inspector General, which found that the VA Pittsburgh Health System failed to follow its own rules during an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that left five veterans dead from early 2011 to late 2012.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:00:27 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8743 at http://wesa.fm VA Systems Would be Required to Report Instances of Legionella under New Casey Bill http://wesa.fm/post/va-systems-would-be-required-report-instances-legionella-under-new-casey-bill <p>U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is introducing a bill that would require any Veterans Affairs health system to report an incident of Legionnaires ’ disease and detection of the Legionella bacteria within 24 hours.<br><br>“To be blunt about this, we shouldn’t have to legislate this,” Casey said. “This should be standard practice at the VA, but it isn’t. Therefore we have to legislate and provide a measure of accountability.”<br> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:32:22 +0000 Deanna Garcia 6814 at http://wesa.fm VA Systems Would be Required to Report Instances of Legionella under New Casey Bill New VA Facility to Streamline Services http://wesa.fm/post/new-va-facility-streamline-services <div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" content="2012-05-02T15:10:00-04:00">Wednesday, May 2, 2012</span></div><div class="field-item even"><p>In a space that was until recently a parking lot now stands the newest addition to the <span class="caps">VA</span> Pittsburgh Healthcare&nbsp;System.</p><p>It took more than a decade for it to come together, but the new facility in Oakland is being touted as the future of veteran-centered health&nbsp;care.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 19:57:21 +0000 Erika Beras 3307 at http://wesa.fm