User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


10° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.
 Winter Storm for January 31-February 1, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar


Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to ushare@keloland.com

Storm Center Update

 

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Restoring Faith In The VA

July 1, 2014, 6:14 PM by Leland Steva

Restoring Faith In The VA
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Those long waits you've no doubt heard about on the national news aren't a problem for the Sioux Falls VA Hospital. Senator Tim Johnson today met with officials at the care center to get a better understanding of its scheduling process.

Senator Johnson says he's extremely disappointed over reports of secret waiting lists at VA Care Centers across the county. He says he's taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is getting negative attention after a scandal led to the resignation of its leader. Senator Tim Johnson hopes changes are made to the care centers where problems exists, but also supports the care centers that are doing well.

"Throughout the country, including here in South Dakota, there are also VA employees providing our nation's vets with quality, timely healthcare," Senator Tim Johnson said.

With the wait list scandal at centers around the country, Senator Johnson is pleased with the time it takes for veterans to receive care at the Sioux Falls VA Hospital -- An average of 25 days for veterans here, just below the national average of 27 days.

"Our wait times are very good and where we have delays are usually very specific reasons. A provider has retired or we have difficulties recruiting but we are very mindful of those situations. We have good visibility of those," Director Darwin Goodspeed said.

Johnson is the chairman of the military construction and veterans affairs appropriations subcommittee. He crafted a bill to help give 5 million dollars to the Inspector General to review the policies of all VA care centers nationwide.

"I took action by in terms of fully funding the IG to get to the bottom of this," Johnson said.

Army Veteran Joe Tooley repeatedly called Johnson's office inviting him to visit the hospital. He got his wish today, as he met the Senator face-to-face.

"I was sitting in the dining room when they told me was here. I says, 'Good I want to talk to him.' Yeah it really did make me glad to know he was here finally," Army Veteran Joe Tooley said.

Whether it's meeting a veteran, or making legislation in Washington, Johnson hopes his actions can help change the stigma that has surfaced around the VA during the last few months.

The Sioux Falls Hospital takes care of 28,000 veterans from parts of South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Police Identify Two Suspects In Sioux Falls Shooting

1/30/2015 10:55 AM

Police are searching for 17-year-old Conner Hanson and 19-year-old Robert Montes. Hanson and Montes are reported to be dangerous and should not be app...

Full Story
Shooting Suspects Arrested In Minnesota

1/30/2015 8:16 PM

Conner Hanson and Robert Montes have been arrested in Marshall, Minnesota in connection with the Thursday night shooting in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Police Searching For Two Suspects In Shooting

1/30/2015 12:09 AM

Sioux Falls Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting that occurred near the Empire Mall. 

Full Story
Man Rescued From Big Stone Lake After Falling Through Ice

1/29/2015 5:30 PM

Officials are urging caution on the ice as warmer temperatures lead to changing ice conditions across the region.

Full Story | Watch
1 Dead After ATV Goes Through Ice On Perkins Co. Lake

1/25/2015 8:08 AM

A Newcastle, Wyoming man died after an ATV broke through the ice on a lake in northern Perkins County in South Dakota.

Full Story


Events