Philadelphia VA Manager

Benjamin KrauseFollowing VA OIG slamming, Philadelphia VA manager Gary Hodge was temporarily removed from duty in light of enormous failures at the facility but not fired.

Hodge was the head of the Pension Management Center at the Philadelphia. The stated reason for his removal was to get “different eyes” to evaluate the trouble plagued facility.

The VA OIG investigation found that the facility found tens of thousands of unanswered questions from veterans and many pieced of returned mail.

Problems from the facility included:

“The IG found that the center was responsible for more than 31,000 veteran inquiries that had languished for an average of 312 days — the standard response time is supposed to be five days — and another 22,000 pieces of returned mail that were never processed.”

This is not the only problem at the Philadelphia VA. Last year, numerous complaints came out at the facility including possible destruction of veterans claims.

What have you noticed if anything at the Philadelphia VA?

Source: http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/manager-removed-at-philly-va-after-ig-audit-slams-facility-1.340947

Disabled Navy Veteran
Disabled Navy Veteran

They don’t need someone with “different eyes.” They need someone with SEVERAL eyes like spiders, tuatara, lizards, sea stars, horseshoe crabs, grasshoppers, and scallops.

namnibor
…and NONE of those critters are Disney characters so the VA will spend millions in studying the problem and then assign someone with only -1- working eye to head the team! Of course, I am being a bit flip here, but there’s a measure of truth to their methods of madness at the VA. The fact that person was NOT fired means his worthless bag of human waste will simply be reassigned to do even more damage somewhere else AND… Read more »
steve

He was actually promoted to a position at VACO writing policy…

namnibor
Here’s the quote of where he was *temporarily moved to until August, 2015*: “Hodge was reassigned as an assistant director of the Pension and Fiduciary Service in the VA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to a department spokeswoman.” So he was basically laterally moved to Washington, D.C. office where he can make ALL the same damn disservices to Veterans at an all new location…there’s only -3- of such locations in the USA and the one he was relocated to is… Read more »
Gary M Bradshaw jr
You want to know what I think ? I think they all lie everything that spews from their mouths nothing but lies 1 year ago this month I became very very ill ,I ended up getting C-diff ,I have had a horrible year trying to recover ,as I stated I ended up in Emergency room last year ,I called my team and told them what I had been diagnosed with they said to make sure sign release of info for… Read more »
namnibor
I completely understand. Have had C-DIFF and understand that I live with severe Irritable Bowel Disease that’s just shy of Crohn’s Disease already that goes back to the Hepatitis B the USAF gave me…the VAMC gave me C-DIFF and it was actually during that time frame I was awarded my SSDI while still awaiting my VA Claim, and the VAMC completely missed the C-Diff (I thought) and so I started using State Medicaid and private Dr.’s and was IMMEDIATELY sent… Read more »
namnibor
Silly me…I totally forgot to add the VAMC also exposed me to MRSA…mind you, they KNEW I already had a compromised immune system from previous CUE of military medical doctors. (I actually think I was part of some sort of experiment because what exactly are the odds to acquire all those from -1- surgery and blood transfusion?) Lastly, C-DIFF is ALSO spread by the SPORES from C-DIFF itself through the very explosive chronic diarrhea that ensues…not just needles. I know… Read more »
Berta Simmons
What have you noticed if anything at the Philadelphia VA? When my AO IHD death claim was there (under Nehmer) in 2011, those dopes actually denied my claim at first. ( I almost forgot-they lost it for a few months but found it again) They stated that the veteran ( my husband was a combat Vietnam Vet- 65-66 Danang) did not have any evidence of IHD (heart disease) in his SMRs. WTF? I immediately filed a CUE against them ,… Read more »
phil bailey

LOL, no one answers anything, at any time, or in any way from the VA! RIP if you are waiting.

Stu Steinberg
The problem of not answering inquiries does not just apply to veterans. In all my recent years of being a service officer–2004 to the present–I have never had a letter answered by anyone in the VA system. In fact, I have been told by a long-time VA employee that they have a policy of not responding to inquiries from service officers who do not have an office at a regional office. This is, yet, more proof of the tainted relationship… Read more »
bruce wallace
Maybe we can get health care in Cuba now that were friends with them again. Like at a coconut stand, if they aren’t too busy trimming donkey hooves. Bonus idea: ask the donkey surgeon to use his pairing knife to cut through all of your VA paperwork on all your VA benefits. Secretary McDonald should be easy to find down there, just look for the guy in the straw hat, smoking the Cuban cigar, sipping on rum, the guy with… Read more »
namnibor

That straw hat would actually be Disney Mickey Mouse Ears Hat…but could be still made of straw, but cannot forget the Disney connection. I predict he will be working for Disney any day now…officially…he’s just vetting for the position through the disguise of his Mickey Mouse appointed position of no change, same old crap, please leave.

Dina Padilla
When we were younger as working adults, we were promised health care benefits along with retirement. This was the package that the unions set up with employers back in the 60’s. Then we were injured on the job, there was little to no comp, wage replacement benefits except for a few years. but certainly little to no real medical care benefits other than told to take antidepressant & NSAIDS. . So we ended up on social security supplement & medicare… Read more »
Irene Padilla
C-Diff comes from dirty needles by those who handle or inject the needles, nurses, doctors. Just as there is a superbug called MRSA… These are what IS called hospital borne diseases and easily avoidable. IT happens in the private medical clinics & hospitals too because of cut back in costs,. to not sanitize and or medical staff who are untrained in proper cleaning.. It’s found that some needles or instruments are not sanitized but used from one patient to another,… Read more »
namnibor
Just to be more clear, C-DIFF can also be result of using certain antibiotics in which most of the “good flora in your gut” is destroyed but the “bad flora…i.e. C-DIFF” flourishes and then the gut-wrenching starts. It’s NOT just from non-sterile needle injections, just as MRSA is not ONLY acquired in a medical environment, but it’s definitely ground zero for all these and more. My health conditions required to become educated with the above things and this comes from… Read more »
Gary M Bradshaw jr
You are correct anti-Biotics can also cause c-diff in people and that’s what the Drs can’t figure out I was not on any ,like I said I cannot prove this was purposely ,all I know is that I am not the same person I was before it is as if someone flipped a switch in.me ,I have had walking pneumonia and get sick easier ,think about it if you wanted to get rid of a bunch of veterans what an… Read more »
WGM

C-DIFF is spreading throughout the San Antonio VAMC. It is a life threatening disease.

Irene Padilla

C-DIFF is only created by hospital staff, those who insert the needle.So, who’s training the staff to do this? ALL To cut corners in endangering our already disabled vets?
Aren’t there laws against harming vets on purpose. This is not just negligence. It’s beyond malicious intent.

Stephen LeMaster
What else can I say except, “What else is new?” The VA sets all these arbitrary goals for themselves; it NEVER meets them, and it still gives most of their workers (especially their executives) performance bonuses routinely. This is crazy. It’s the classic example of the tail wagging the dog, but even in the light of the recent exposure of appalling practices pretty much nationwide, neither Obama nor Congress seems to be able to jerk a knot in people’s tails… Read more »
namnibor
I agree, but we have an extremely spineless President of the United States currently. Look at what a mess he has made with our relationship with Israel and now…allowing Iran to have WMD’s that as of this week, Russia has gladly decided to start arming Iran…thanks to Obama’s spineless, self-absorbed ass. We NEED a President to pull what Pres. Reagan did with the Air Traffic Controllers…place the fear of God in their loins and watch all the other rats jump… Read more »
toggle
People like Hodge, a hometown boy in Plilly, worked at only one place in his life – the VA in Philly – for over 20 years. He started as a claims examiner for them and probably didn’t do a very good job at that. Then moved into the pension mgt. area 6 years later there, and took his sloppy habits with him. Like 99% of the managers (I’m being nice) at the VA that has only worked for the gov.-… Read more »
spg

I think VA thrives on the division of vets in America. If vets would unite, they would be unstoppable. So long at Bobby can say that all the current problems belong to Atos, then vets will continue to have to fight for what is rightfully theirs while Bobby continues to squander the budget on bogus personnel and bogus work. You know what they say… “Screw up, Move up” it’s a VA thing.

Terry

that is what Obama is doing with white and black Americans. He is dividing white and blacks and in dividing us he is skating alone free and clear to do as he pleases.send more moves to step on him.

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