The VA needs 10 Chiefs Of Staff at hospitals around the country as the pandemic continues

In the middle of a pandemic, the Department Of Veterans Affairs sent out notice this week that they need to fill 10 Chiefs Of Staff positions in their system.

“We are seeking physician leaders who are committed to boosting the quality of health care for more than 9 million Veterans around the nation,” the post says (HERE).

The advertised locations include Butler and Erie, Pennsylvania; Chillicothe, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Manchester, New Hampshire; Poplar Bluff, Missouri; Salisbury, North Carolina; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Wichita, Kansas.

What is concerning is that this position is being filled in the middle of the COVID 19 crisis and appears to revolve heavily around quality assurance, with a description including the “Monitoring and ensuring staff compliance with agency regulations; medical staff by-laws, rules and regulations; VA facility policies, Joint Commission standards and other regulations.” and “Ensuring the highest level of performance by medical staff members through delineation of clinical privileges, ongoing performance evaluations, orientation and continuous quality improvement practices.”

The VA has begun their roll out of the COVID 19 vaccine, but in places like Orlando, the rollout is moving slowly (story HERE). Without a chief of staff at these facilities it’s unclear how quickly their moving along in their respective operations.

The vacancy in Puerto Rico is notable because of the ongoing difficulties the island has recently had in all areas such as economic development and disaster recovery following the earthquakes and hurricanes, when medical care availability is especially important.

Here in Florida, the Executive Director position at the state Department Of Veterans Affairs also remains vacant.

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