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Report on Probe of Marion VA in Home Stretch

Report on Probe of Marion VA in Home Stretch
By: Associated Press

MARION, Ill. (AP) - A federal review of the southern Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital where questions have been raised about the deaths of 10 patients apparently is in its final stages.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Veterans Affairs says the 200-page report about the surgical unit at the hospital in Marion is in a rough draft but should be finalized later this month.

The report then will be submitted to congressmen and officials with the Marion hospital.

Several surgeons at the hospital have been placed on leave in recent months after a reported spike in patient deaths.

One surgeon, Jose Veizaga-Mendez, resigned in August after a patient bled to death after gallbladder surgery.

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