FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2014
Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Director Proposed for Removal Interim Director Named as Search for Permanent Director Begins
Dublin, Ga. – Yesterday, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed removal of the Director of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center (CVVAMC) in Dublin, Georgia, following an investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General, and a follow-up review by the Office of Accountability Review (OAR), in which allegations of data manipulation were substantiated.
The proposed removal of the director underscores VA’s commitment to hold leaders accountable and get Veterans off waiting lists and into the care they deserve. Relying on new statutory authority, the Deputy Secretary took this action in coordination with OAR, which reports directly to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and assists VA facilities in accelerating leadership accountability actions and ensuring that such actions are applied consistently across the Department.
To ensure continuity of care for Veterans and leadership for VA employees, Dr. Shirley Warren, RN, is designated acting director of the CVVAMC until Monday, September 29, when Thomas Grace, associate director for the Atlanta VA Medical Center, will assume the duties. The CVVAMC is actively recruiting for a new permanent director.