A separate confidential report by the Joint Commission, a nonprofit that accredits health care providers nationwide, showed problems in other areas of the hospital, including fire safety concerns and powerful prescription medications left unsecured.
U.S. Rep. David Scott, an Atlanta Democrat, called last week for the resignations of the hospital’s top leaders and for military leaders in Washington and the White House to step in. Wiggins’ taking over as director was a move already in the works and not in response to the recent audits, a VA spokeswoman said.
“I look forward to meeting with Leslie Wiggins to hear about her plan to right the ship at the Atlanta (VA) Medical Center,” Scott said in a statement. “We need a full-time, committed leader to review these recent deaths and other critical errors.