It said that the regional network director, listed on its website as Leslie Wiggins, is on immediate leave.
The region’s chief medical officer, listed on the website as Dr. Arjay K. Dhawan, has been assigned to administrative duties pending a review of the quality and safety of care issues in the network.
Seven staff members have been reassigned to non-patient care positions while the VA investigates.
“What happened at Eagles’ Nest was unacceptable, and we want to ensure that veterans and families know we are determined to restore their trust in the facility,” said VHA Executive in Charge Dr. Richard Stone.
Wiggins was assigned in 2013 to manage the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur after the deaths of three veterans linked to widespread mismanagement in the hospital’s mental health unit. The then-secretary of the VA endorsed the work Wiggins did a year after her appointment, and she was later elevated to the regional director.
Problems remained as the Atlanta hospital received the department’s worst reviews, one star out of five, about a year ago.
A call to Wiggins’ office was not immediately returned.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported extensively on the health of U.S. military veterans. Recent articles spotlighted problems in the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care enrollment process, a pair of suicides at VA hospitals in Georgia and the fight to extend VA benefits to Blue Water Navy veterans claiming exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Read all about it on AJC.com