ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The president of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Gateway Chapter is reacting to the halting of surgeries at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, after an inspection revealed the possible contamination of surgical equipment there.

“It’s very unfortunate, but unfortunately not at all surprising,” retired U.S. Army Colonel Stanley Brown tells KMOX News.

Brown says he’s heard from veterans who’ve been dissatisfied with conditions at Cochran for years, “Paralyzed veterans like myself, in wheelchairs, are afraid to go to that hospital. It’s been that way for some time.”

Brown says he’d like for Congress to block the movement of a spinal cord unit from Jefferson Barracks to Cochran, “The unit’s move would be horrendous for us in wheelchairs. It couldn’t be worse for our care.”

Brown says he’s personally unsure why the federal government would support upgrades at a hospital that routinely gets the worst patient satisfaction scores of all VA medical centers.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (4)
  1. Carole says:

    So glad this is being investigated fujlly – not just sterilization techniques. Patients at VA have all been victims of an unprofessional staff including rudeness, anger, poor communication, and demeaning attitudes. Physicians and professionals in the smaller departments stand out as excellent. . A satisfaction eval from all patients would benefit investigators. I have never had the opportnity to give input but would love to

  2. BILL FRANTZ says:

    As a veteran, I would like to express my disappointment concerning the John Cochran facility. Everyone in the adminisration department should be terminated today.Everyone in the sterilization dept. should also be terminated today. This is not the first time that this facility has been a discrace to our veterans in need.
    This is the GREATEST COUNTRY in the WORLD, and those that have given us the freedoms that we are able to enjoy, should not have to accept this by a lot of people that really don’t care.

  3. BILL FRANTZ says:

    Looking into a situation ia an easy response to we just blew you off. When the individuals that are in charge of the facility that has problems are eliminated from that position, the source of the problem has gone away. The next step is to put a person in that position that really does care.

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