ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–The John Cochran VA Medical Center gets good marks from four congressmen, inspecting the facility after last year’s dirty dental equipment problem.
Missouri Congressmen Akin, Clay and Carnahan were joined by Florida Congressman Jeff Miller, who is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
“There have been some real improvements here. That’s important,” said Congressman Russ Carnahan, “because this is ultimately about our veterans to make sure that they have the care they need.”
The VA center on Grand Avenue came under blistering criticism last year when it was discovered dental equipment had been improperly sterilized, possibly exposing some 1,800 veterans to HIV and hepatitis .
The foursome agreed that customer service and parking have improved, and a new sterilization unit is scheduled to open later this year.
“They’ve changed some people around here,” said Congressman Todd Akin, “I think last year it was something like 300 job changes.”
VA Patients sampled on the parking lot agreed for the most part. A few complained that of parking problems and a paperwork mixup, but most said the VA center was improving over last year.