- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chief medical officer for the Veterans Affairs’ health care network in Southern California and southern Nevada has been tapped to oversee operations in New Mexico.

The agency announced Friday the appointment of Skye McDougall as the acting director of the New Mexico VA health care system. She replaces Dr. Jamie Robbins, who will resume his permanent duties as the chief medical officer for the Southwest region.

VA officials say McDougall’s experience and leadership will be valuable assets as the health care system looks to improve access to care and the quality of care for veterans.

Following whistleblower complaints, investigators earlier this year uncovered large-scale improprieties in the way VA hospitals and clinics around the country scheduled veterans for appointments. Thousands of patients were forced to wait months for appointments.

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