The Atlanta VA hospital is one of the busiest in the country and one of the fastest growing in terms of demand. The facility last year received a 3 star rating on the VA's hospital quality measurement, dubbed STAR. Five is the highest rating.
Auditors and investigators have dinged the facility in Atlanta in the past. Earlier this year, the inspector general found the facility failed to conduct criminal background checks and drug screening for employees in a timely manner.
Last year, the inspector general raised fresh concerns about patient safety and cleanliness at the facility, even noting damaged furniture as a problem.
Psychologist is one of on the positions Atlanta listed in the new report on staff shortages.
In 2013, a rash of veteran suicides thrust the facility into an unwanted spotlight. The problems were blamed on mismanagement and led to a brutal inspector general's report and congressional review. In 2016, the facility installed an $850,000 anti-climbing fence on its parking decks to alleviate concerns about veterans jumping to harm themselves.
The report did not offer specific reasons for the shortages in Atlanta. However, the inspector general found the most common reasons cited for staffing shortages across the country include lack of qualified applicants, non-competitive salaries and high staff turnover.