- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs has named a new director to take over its embattled Phoenix medical center.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1NmNrKD ) that Deborah Amdur was appointed to the position Friday and will begin work next month. She previously served as director of the VA hospital in White River Junction, Vermont.

Amdur will replace Glen Grippen, one of several interim directors for the Phoenix facility since last year’s firing of Sharon Helman.

The Phoenix VA Health Care System was at the center of a national scandal last year about wait times and other problems that led to a system-wide overhaul.

Amdur will oversee the Phoenix system, which enrolls about 82,000 veterans.

Amdur earned a master’s degree in social work and has been with the VA for two decades.

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