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Tester calls protracted search for VA director 'unacceptable'

Tester calls protracted search for VA director 'unacceptable'

The selection process for naming someone to lead Montana’s VA Health Care system is taking “far, far too long,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said in a recent interview with The Billings Gazette. “It is unacceptable.”

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VA leader vows to explore greater autonomy for Billings-based VA clinics

VA leader vows to explore greater autonomy for Billings-based VA clinics

In the past five years, Billings has experienced explosive growth in health care facilities and services for veterans. Now some veterans question whether they have grown so large that administrators at Fort Harrison cannot effectively manage them from 250 miles away.

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VA head looking to cut down wait times

VA head looking to cut down wait times

The acting director of the Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System said Thursday he doesn’t need results of a national audit before looking at ways to reduce the delays some veterans face while trying to see a physician.

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Mentors provide support, structure to people in veterans court

Mentors provide support, structure to people in veterans court

It’s ingrained in military culture never to leave a fellow warrior behind. Mentors paired with offenders in the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court have carried that imperative throughout their adult lives, decades after their own military service.

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VA Montana erroneously releases patients' confidential information

VA Montana erroneously releases patients' confidential information

A Glendive veteran says his confidential medical diagnosis, birth date, address and Social Security information were compromised when the VA Montana Health Care System mishandled his request for medical services.

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Acting VA director schedules town hall meeting for veterans

Acting VA director schedules town hall meeting for veterans

Veterans will have an opportunity to ask questions of Johnny Ginnity, acting director of VA Montana Health Care System, during a town hall meeting on Nov. 13.

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Gazette opinion: Clueless VA worsens its crisis of confidence

Gazette opinion: Clueless VA worsens its crisis of confidence

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs owes Ed Saunders a swift and sincere apology.

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Disabled veterans leader: 'Veterans don't want words, veterans want action — now'

Disabled veterans leader: 'Veterans don't want words, veterans want action — now'

Four months after the grand opening of the $6.3 million Majestic Lane Clinic, veterans are encountering roadblocks in getting appointments and staffing remains an issue.

August 15, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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6 candidates interview to lead VA Montana Health Care system

A field of six candidates vying to lead Montana’s VA Health Care system is being narrowed as officials prepare to name a new director.

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Construction Zone: VA Montana Health Center improves services for veterans

Construction Zone: VA Montana Health Center improves services for veterans

                Access, convenience and comprehensive care.

August 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

For the second time in less than two years a search is underway for someone to lead the VA Montana Health Care system.

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Montana VA using report to identify, address weak areas

Montana VA using report to identify, address weak areas

The Department of Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System scored high in areas of patient satisfaction and call responsiveness, though it ranked near the bottom in patient wait times, employee satisfaction and turnover, according to a recent report by the VA inspector general.

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New VA Clinic brings specialty services closer to Billings-area veterans

New VA Clinic brings specialty services closer to Billings-area veterans

A standing-room-only crowd of at least 200 people Friday morning helped officially open the $6.3 million Majestic Lane Clinic, which gives veterans in the Billings area access to specialty services.

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Guest opinion: Better reforms possible without Obamacare

My New Year’s resolution is to stop more Obamacare train wrecks.

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Hiring underway as expansion of VA Clinic nears completion

Hiring underway as expansion of VA Clinic nears completion

Contractors anticipate finishing the newly expanded 70,000-square-foot Veterans Affairs Clinic in Billings by Feb. 1.

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Excitement, some skepticism, as VA Clinic expansion continues

Excitement, some skepticism, as VA Clinic expansion continues

Excitement — and some skepticism — are building as the expanded 70,000-square-foot Veterans Affairs Clinic in Billings moves closer to reality.

July 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Construction on VA Clinic expansion progressing on schedule

Construction on VA Clinic expansion progressing on schedule

Construction on a newly expanded 70,000-square-foot VA Clinic in Billings is under way and on pace to be completed by February 2014.

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Miles City native tapped to lead VA Montana

Miles City native tapped to lead VA Montana

A Miles City native has been named director of the VA Montana Health Care System.

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Leadership changes in store for VA Montana Healthcare System

Leadership changes in store for VA Montana Healthcare System

VA Montana is a step closer to getting a new director.

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Ground broken for expansion of Billings VA Clinic

Ground broken for expansion of Billings VA Clinic

A new 70,000-square-foot VA Clinic is set to open in Billings in February 2014. The clinic will provide specialty outpatient services to 11,000 veterans annually in Eastern Montana, saving them from traveling hundreds of miles to the nearest VA facility.

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