- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The director of the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System has been reassigned to Jackson.

VA spokesman Jerron Barnett tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1vioqWF ) Anthony L. Dawson will serve a special assignment at the Veterans Integrated Service Networks in Jackson for up to 120 days.

Mark Morgan will take over as acting director at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System.

Dawson became director of the Gulf Coast Health Care System on Oct. 1, 2012. He previously served as interim medical center director of the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he was responsible for the operations of the medical center and three outpatient clinics.

He has 26 years of service.

Dawson’s reassignment comes after the Veterans Administration came under fire earlier this year for long wait times at its facilities.

A report released in June by the VA said the average wait time for new patients at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Gulfport was about 48 days, while patients at G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson wait an average of 45 days for their first appointment.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com