- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A spokesman for the Veterans Affairs health care system for eastern Kansas says its top two doctors are taking other positions within the VA at the end of the month.

Spokesman Jim Gleisberg (GLYS’-burg) confirmed Monday that medical Chief of Staff Rajeev Trehan (TREE’-hahn) and Deputy Chief of Staff Sandeep Chhahira (shah-HEE’-rah) are transferring out of their positions.

Gleisberg said he can’t say more because their departures are personnel matters.

The Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka faced physician shortages that diverted patients to other hospital emergency rooms for months last year. The staffing issues prompted the VA to close the Topeka medical center’s emergency room in January.

Gleisberg said while staffing for the emergency room has increased, he doesn’t know when the VA will reopen it.

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