ST. LOUIS (AP) — An annual review of the St. Louis Veterans Administration Health Care System finds no major faults a big improvement after years of citations for problems with patient care.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs released the report Wednesday. It gave the John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks medical centers high marks for leadership, painkiller management and colon cancer screening programs. Investigators did cite problems with cleanliness, training and safety, but a spokeswoman says those problems did not impact patient care or patient outcomes.

The Cochrane facility has been cited numerous times in recent years for problems. Citations were reported in June after a 58-year-old man died after kidney dialysis. The hospital also faced concerns about sterilization problems in 2010 and 2011.

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