John Cochran VA Medical Center

McCaskill
4:52 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

McCaskill offers her views on John Cochran, Libya and the budget

Claire McCaskill in February as she outlined her quality of care survey for VA hospitals.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Sen. Claire McCaskill says two new federal reports out about health care at the John Cochran veteran's hospital in St. Louis are only part of the picture she wants to get on that facility.

The inspector general on Monday released reports on problems with sterilization at the hospital's dental clinic, and on complaints from employees that they did not have the equipment they needed to do their jobs.

Those reports are important because they outline existing problems, McCaskill says, but the specifics on dealing with those problems have to come from veterans. And that's where her new customer satisfaction survey comes in.

"I really want to see this through the eyes of veterans. I want to know how they feel on an individual basis about the services they’re receiving, and I think that's going to be a very good measure of the work we have to do, she says."

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Claire McCaskill / John Cochran VAMC
1:50 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

McCaskill unveils "Healthcare Experience" program for Mo. VA facilities

As veterans stand near, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) unveils her new program, Veterans Healthcare Expirence Program (VHEP), that is intended to improve healthcare at the John Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis on Feb. 22, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Amid continued sterilization problems at John Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis, Sen. Claire McCaskill announced a new program today to try to improve veterans’ experiences at VA facilities in Missouri.

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Morning round-up
8:55 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Cochran officials say hospital is safe, McCaskill raises concerns about Chrysler North Plant demolition, Pujols arrives at spring training

Cochran VA officials say despite sterilization concerns, the hospital is safe. Surgeries have been on hold since Feb. 2. (SLPRnews)
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Cochran VAMC
12:02 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Rep. Carnahan, VA chief Shinseki meet over hospital concerns

Rep. Russ Carnahan gives an opening statement at a July 13, 2010 hearing about sterilization issues at John Cochran VAMC's dental clinic. Carnahan met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shineski today and asked for a review of the hospital.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 1:58 p.m. Feb. 10, 2011 with comment from Rep. Carnahan

St. Louis Congressman Russ Carnahan says he remains frustrated by the systemic problems and slow pace of improvements at the Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Morning headlines: Carnahan and Shinseki meet today about Cochran VA, degree programs cut at Mo. colleges, meeting to discuss control of Jennings police tonight, major step in sale of St. Louis Brewery

More than 100 degree program will be eliminated at Missouri colleges and universities as part of a cost-savings review ordered by Gov. Jay Nixon. (flickr/Adam Proctor)
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Cochran VAMC
2:19 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Russ Carnahan to meet with VA secretary about St. Louis medical center

Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan will meet with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Thursday to follow up with Carnahan’s call for an independent review of the St. Louis VA Medical Center amidst sanitation concerns. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

UPDATED 1:45 p.m. Feb. 8, 2011:

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk of Illinois joined Missouri counterparts Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt in a letter Monday seeking the explanation from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Cochran VAMC
4:12 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Congressional reaction to new problems at John Cochran VA Medical Center

The director of John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis says surgeries could resume next week at the facility. The center stopped performing surgeries because of concerns over contamination on some operating-room equipment. 

Meanwhile, congressional reaction to the new problems has been harsh.

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Cochran VAMC
7:56 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Cochran VA again under fire for sterilization issues

Cong. Russ Carnahan gives an opening statement at a July 13, 2010 hearing about sterilization issues at John Cochran VAMC's dental clinic. The hospital has canceled surgeries after discovering that some equipment may not have been properly sterilized.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center has canceled all surgeries until further notice after discovering that some surgical equipment may not have been properly sterilized.

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John Cochran VA
5:17 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

New problems at John Cochran revealed

Cong. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and nurses at John Cochran VAMC take questions about equipment problems at the veteran's hospital
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 8:36pm with response from John Cochran officials.

The troubled John Cochran veteran's hospital is under fire again, this time for allegedly failing to keep critical supplies stocked on a timely basis.

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