VA Hospital Shuts Down Acute Medical and Intensive Care Units

By Rachel Martin

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Critical inpatient care units at Fort Wayne's VA Hospital suddenly shut down Tuesday.

It happened suddenly, and now Veterans needing medical care may need to go elsewhere.

At this point INC News doesn’t know why the VA Hospital shut down its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Acute Medical Unit (AMU). All we know is the VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System issued a statement saying the hospital has "temporarily paused inpatient operations."

The only explanation they gave in the statement is, “…to afford us the opportunity to review our processes, provide training to our staff, and ensure our continued ability to maintain the most flexible systems and highest standard of care for our Veterans.”

To get a better explanation, INC News reached out to Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R – Indiana 3rd District) , who serves on the U.S. House Veteran's Affairs Committee.

Stutzman was unavailable for comment and couldn’t give a reaction or explanation, but his office issued this statement, “This office did receive the press release. Congressman Stutzman's staff has reached out to local patients, and his Chief of Staff has reached out to high ranking Veteran’s Administration officials trying to get to the bottom of this.”

According to the statement, veterans who need inpatient medical care or surgeries will be sent to other VA Medical Centers in the area.

The AMU and ICU are the only services affected at this time, and all other services will operate normally.

As far as how long they'll be shut down, sources tell INC that it's only temporary but couldn’t offer a timeline.

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