The panel that hired Dr. Jose Veizaga-Mendez as a surgeon for the Marion Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is under scrutiny after he was implicated in nine suspicious deaths. A check into Veizaga-Mendez’s records revealed that he lost his license in Massachusetts in 2006 over accusations of “grossly” substandard care.
Veizaga-Mendez resigned Aug. 13, three days after one of his patients bled to death following routine laparoscopic surgery. Jim Harmon, an attorney representing the patient’s wife, said the VA’s hiring of the surgeon despite his history is the “most egregious” aspect of the case. “I can’t imagine how even the most rudimentary check of the last hospitals he was on staff at would not have revealed gigantic problems,” Harmon said.
Final note: The VA has not heard the end of this one. (In fact, National Public Radio aired a 10-minute feature on the case in November.) Protect your company by conducting thorough background checks on all critical employees.
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