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Congressman pays visit to Marion VA

MARION (AP) – Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart is giving the VA Medical Center in Marion a passing grade after paying a visit to the facility.

VA officials last week disclosed problems with delayed care existed at several Midwest sites, including the one in Marion.

Enyart said Thursday that although improvements are needed, he is pleased every patient he met is pleased with the care they receive.

Patients, staff and administrators told Enyart a leading concern at the facility is the shortage of staff. There are 1,400 full-time employees currently at the hospital who are treating 43,000 patients a year.

Enyart says administrators are recruiting new staff, including doctors and nurses. He adds there is a need for the VA to bring younger doctors into the system.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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