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Review team finds no problems at Fargo VA

FARGO — A review team has found no scheduling problems or irregularities at Fargo’s Veterans Affairs Hospital.

President Barack Obama has ordered investigations at all VA hospitals in the wake of allegations that veterans may have died while awaiting care.

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“The team gave us a positive report; however, it’s not the final report,” said Peggy Wheelden, Fargo VA public affairs officer. “It went well. They revealed no significant issues at that time.”

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said there were no indications that the Fargo VA has any of the problems that generated recent national attention.

Twenty-six VA facilities are being investigated for the alleged deaths and reports that officials may have falsified information on waiting times for veterans seeking VA medical care.

Heitkamp said she has met regularly with North Dakota veterans and veterans groups.

The Fargo facility has 31,462 veterans enrolled to receive medical care, Wheelden said. Its service area includes all of North Dakota, 19 western Minnesota counties and two South Dakota counties.

Annual outpatient visits last year totaled 260,958 at the Fargo VA and other community-based outpatient centers, she said.

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