Salisbury VA Director: "No major concerns" found in audit

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The director of the Salisbury VA Medical Center says "no major issues" have been uncovered in a partial audit of three of the four sites providing healthcare to veterans served by the center.

In a statement provided to WBTV Tuesday morning, Director Kaye Green said she and her staff are committed to the well being of veterans.

"Presently, VA is conducting a nationwide audit of access to care issues," Green said.  "The purpose of this audit is to ensure a full understanding of VA's policy and continued integrity in managing patient access to care."

"As of today, the Salisbury VA Health Care System has undergone a partial audit with three of the four Salisbury sites being complete.  While the audit team shared no specifics during their out-brief, no major concerns were voiced about scheduling practices."

"I have communicated with my staff throughout my tenure here that we will never sacrifice our integrity for the sake of a measurement or anything else.  I am committed to being open and honest with the public, and the Veterans we serve.  If we make a mistake, we will admit it and correct it as quickly as humanly possible."

The statement and audit come after a national scandal involving a VA hospital in Phoenix where dozens of veterans are said to have died while on waiting lists for treatment.

The incident has prompted a congressional investigation and the nationwide audit.

"I stand committed with our staff to providing the best care possible to all Veterans who choose to come here for care," Green added.

Green serves as the Medical Center Director of the Salisbury VA Healthcare System which includes the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury and outpatient clinics in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Hickory.

In Fiscal Year 2013, the Salisbury VA Healthcare System treated more than 90,000 individual Veterans and had more than 780,000 outpatient visits, making it the largest and busiest VA system in North Carolina.

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