VA Town Hall Meeting Confirms Fourth Veteran Death


On Tuesday, four veteran deaths were confirmed to have happened in 2018 as a result of an “impaired” pathologist, according to Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville.

After the case review, the VA found 2,438 errors resulting in 18 institutional disclosures with four veterans dying.

The VA review came after several veterans were misdiagnosed by an impaired pathologist.

The announcements were made at a town-hall meeting held in the auditorium of Building 3.

The purpose of the forum was to give Veterans and families an opportunity to talk about their concerns with the agency.

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

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

Officials with the VA say they hope all cases will be reviewed by the end of the year and in time for the next town hall meeting, scheduled for Jan. 28, 2019.

Parks says once all the cases are reviewed, the next step will be to start the notification process.

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