VA Hospital in Phase 2 of Plan to Get Back to Full Capacity

By Stephanie Parkinson

March 8, 2013 Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 5:22 PM EST

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Last fall all of the patients were abruptly moved out of the VA Hospital in Fort Wayne. But now the leadership says they're focused on moving forward. At this time they're in phase two of a four phase plan to get back up to full capacity.

The director of VA Northern Indiana, Denise Deitzen, says after an internal review the call was made to stop all inpatient care in October of last year and move the current patients to other facilities.

Since the pause 400 patients have been moved. However, Dietzen says some of those patients would have needed to be moved anyway because there are some services the VA isn’t able to give.

"We found out that the care that we were delivering had area for improvement. We wanted to improve our policies, we wanted to improve some of our training and so we chose to pause that care so we could get everyone on the same page, work through all of that training and get it completed and as up to date as could be,” said Denise Deitzen, Director, VA Northern Indiana.

Phase four will bring the intensive care unit back up to full capacity. Right now there is no timeline of when they will reach phase three or four. Deitzen says depends on when they feel they are ready to move to the next step.




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