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by Duplessis Samuel on 06/20/2016 at 08:47 PM

Veteran’s Medical center investigation

Veteran’s Medical center investigation

The Veterans Administration is looking into allegations that over a 7-year period, the Van Zandt VA Medical Center failed to follow-up with hundreds of head injury patients, hurt fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Denofrio, The administrative officer

James Denofrio, the Administrative Officer for Van Zandt’s Physical Rehab Department says in 2014,  he, his department supervisor,  and the  hospital’s chief of staff were contacted  by the chief medical officer at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center. He told them to find out why a majority of brain injury patients at Altoona, weren’t getting case management and follow-up. He said that the investigation has shown that between 2007 and 2013, more than 400 patient listed as being under treatment, hadn’t received necessary follow-up. The list included 6 people who had died and one serving a life sentence for multiple murders.

The whistleblower says the hospital reportedly cleared up the backlog, but a second review that year, showed 90 brain injury patients, who weren’t being followed,  and it included the previous 6 patients who had died and one who’d committed suicide.

Denofrio tells WTAJ, the administration at Van Zandt tried at least twice to have him fired, and that physicians there tampered with his medical records, which resulted in false information about his mental competency being released.

The whistleblower didn’t want to go on camera, but told WTAJ not only is the VA looking into the failure to follow up on brain injury treatment in patients,  both federal and state investigations are underway into efforts to fire him, to access his medical records, and to smear his reputation .

Denofrio says he’s working with Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Bill Shuster, and the House Committee of Veterans Affairs.

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