VA Announces Next Town Hall Meeting

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The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks will continue to update patients on the ongoing case review stemming from a former impaired pathologist.

The town hall meeting will take place January, 28 at 11 a..m. in the auditorium three at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, 1100 N College Ave.

The meeting is open to veterans, their families, and anyone else interested in the pathology review updates.

No registration is required and the event is free to attend.

At the last VA Town Hall meeting in December, the number of veterans that may have died as a result of an impaired VA Pathologist in Fayetteville climbed.

Officials reported four victims may have died due to a misdiagnosis from Pathologist Dr. Robert Morris Levy.

Levy was found to be impaired on the job.

The VA has now found over 240 errors that occurred during care, resulting in death or serious injury.

87 percent of its roughly 33,000 cases have been reviewed so far, said Interim Director of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks Kelvin Parks.

“We have 13 percent or just over 4,000 cases remaining,” Parks said. “Those 4,000 cases are out at our sister hospital and we have a shipment leaving to go to the University of Oklahoma to drop off and pick up some more cases there. They have been working very aggressively to get the work done.”

Parks said once all the cases are reviewed the next step will be to stary the notification process. 

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