Pittsburgh VA head fired for poor leadership conduct

The head of the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system in Pittsburgh was fired Thursday for unspecified "conduct unbecoming a senior executive" and wasteful spending, the Washington Post reports. Terry Gerigk Wolf was placed on paid leave in June following a VA's Office of Inspector General report that found the facility had inadequate protections in place before an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in 2011 and 2012. Six of the Pittsburgh patients died and 16 others became ill. The VA said Wolf's firing underscores its commitment to hold leaders accountable and get veterans the care they need. But House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), who has criticized the VA for acting too slowly to discipline bad leaders, said the agency should have removed the hospital director sooner. Article

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