Illinois VA facility receives low marks after inspection by VAOIG

The VA Office of the Inspector General released a report earlier this week regarding its inspection of a VA medical facility in Marion, Illinois.

The inspection, conducted in August, comes after the VA implemented a moratorium on surgeries at the VA hospital after nine deaths during a six month time frame were linked to substandard care. Since that time, an additional 10 patients were identified by the VAOIG as receiving questionable care and dying.

Problems at the Marion VA identified in Monday’s VAOIG report include:

  • Lack of infection control
  • Poor tracking and investigation of deaths
  • Insufficient monitoring of privileges for physicians

The facility is part of a VA district in Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky that serves approximately 127,000 veterans.

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