- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is moving the chief of its hospital in White River Junction, Vermont, to oversee its troubled facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

Deborah Amdur, a social worker by training, will replace one of several interim directors in Phoenix who had served since allegations surfaced last year that the hospital had manipulated reports on patient wait-times.

The Phoenix VA became a flashpoint in a national scandal over mismanagement and corruption in the VA health system.

Amdur says her top goal in Phoenix will be to restore the trust of the veterans with timely, high-quality care.

Under her leadership, the White River Junction hospital scheduled more than 95 percent of appointments within 30 days, putting it in the top 5 percent of VA facilities nationwide.


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