The discovery by the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks of an impaired pathologist on staff last autumn was finally made public Monday morning at a hastily called press conference inside the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks auditorium.
Three members of Arkansas's congressional delegation, regional and federal Veterans Administration officials, and myriad veterans group leaders were present.
Officials say after an internal investigation it has been determined that the medical records of more than 19,000 veteran patients from across the country treated at the Fayetteville VA will have to be externally reviewed for errors.
Kelvin Parks, interim director of the facility's medical center, provided a timeline of events, starting with the hiring of the pathologist, whom he declined to identify, back in 2005.
“We’re treating this like a national disaster," Parks says, his voice quavering. "I still have to run the hospital so we’ve called in additional resources to help us through this.”
The Fayetteville VA has set up a toll-free call center for concerned veterans at 1-866-388-5428.
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