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VA Medical Center gets another favorable review

Fort Wayne’s VA Medical Center received more praise Friday for its ongoing reboot of procedures and personnel.

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, became the third recent visitor with considerable clout – after Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and the American Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force – to come away impressed after touring the Lake Avenue complex and meeting with officials there.

“It’s an incredible facility,” Walorski said in an interview in the parking lot of the VA Medical Center. “We are encouraged that the facility continues to progress. It has a great long-term plan for quality of care.”

Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said she and a staff member met with Denise Deitzen, director for the last six months of the Department of Veterans Affairs Northern Indiana Health Care System.

Walorski said they talked about the temporary suspension of inpatient care at the medical center – portions of which have been restored – and the construction of a 71,000-square-foot, community-based outpatient clinic in South Bend, scheduled for completion by 2015.

“Our concern is that our veterans get the best care available and that we continue to make sure the standards are high,” said the freshman lawmaker from Jimtown, in Elkhart County.

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