Marion VA Hospital to resume inpatient surgeries

MARION, IL (KFVS) - The Marion VA Medical Center will start performing inpatient surgeries. The facility stopped performing inpatient surgeries in 2007 after a spike in patient deaths.

Marion VA Medical Center director Paul Bockelman said, "We have made significant improvements and have completed successful internal reviews by the VA's Offices of Inspector General and Medical Inspector, and external review resulting in full accreditation by the Joint Commission."

The surgeries that will resume at the hospital include appendectomies, hernia repair, and other minimally invasive operations.

The Joint Commission gave the hospital full accreditation in December 2010 following their tri-annual site visit.

Right now, the medical center is designing a $13 million project to relocate and expand both the operating room and the emergency department. A spokesperson for the VA said there are also plans in the works to modernize an inpatient ward with construction set to begin in summer 2011.

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