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More Leadership Changes For Cincinnati VA

Posted On April 27, 2016

By Mike Perleberg

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Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Photo via VA.gov.

(Cincinnati, Oh.) – The Cincinnati VA Medical Center is getting a new director.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that Cincinnati VA Director John Gennaro will become the new director of the Erie, Pennsylvania VA hospital.  He previously served as an associate director there.

Glenn Costie was named acting director. Costie brings over 30 years of experience with him, most recently at the Dayton VA. The VA has put out feelers nationwide for a permanent director.

“At VA, we are constantly seeking ways to improve, and these personnel moves make us better across the board,” said VA Under secretary for Health Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Each individual is a proven leader who will be a strong advocate for Veterans.”

The leadership changes are just the latest following controversy concerning the local VA’s governance and management that may have prevented local veterans from receiving adequate care. Dozens of whistleblowers brought the issues to light earlier this year.

Previous Cincinnati VA Director Jack Hetrick retired under pressure in February.

The Cincinnati VA Medical Center provides care to more than 43,000 Veterans living in 17 counties in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana. The facility is a two-division campus located in Cincinnati and Fort Thomas. Two of six community-based outpatient clinics are located in Greendale and Florence.

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