RimaAnn Nelson

A former VA employee just sent me a job opening for director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center possibly meaning RimaAnn Nelson is set to leave after less than one year.

Last September, VA selected RimaAnn Neslon to lead the scandal-plagued Phoenix VA Medical Center after a short tenure by previous director, Deborah Amdur. Last August, former deputy director Sloan Gibson announced Amdur was forced to retire because management of Phoenix VA was so stressful, “The job has nearly killed her.” Amdur lasted about 9 months and likely had to pay back her moving incentive.

RELATED: Phoenix VA Director Suddenly Retires After Secret Recording, Cites Health

Now, after 8 months, Phoenix VA is already looking for a new director, at least according to the job listing. Based on the language in the job listing, it most certainly appears to show VA wants to fill the position presently held by Nelson.

What will it take at Phoenix VA to hold down a director for up to a year? So far, no one seems up to the task other than the disgraced former director, Sharon Helman.

VA Public Affairs (Central Office) did not respond with a comment before this went to press.

UPDATE: Phoenix VA Public Affairs just reached out to disavow the job opening stating the linked job opening is not correct and that RimaAnn Nelson is not leaving Phoenix VA.

Of course, this leaves me wondering why the incorrect job listing for director of Phoenix VA is online at all if Phoenix VA is not looking for a director. Seem strange?

RELATED: Helman Guilty Of Felony, Only Gets Probation

Phoenix VA Wait List Scandal

Since the wait list scandal broke in the press, in 2014, Phoenix VA has had numerous directors take over to fix the agency. Sloan Gibson repeatedly made press appearances reassuring the American public and veterans that Phoenix VA has improved.

In fact, when whistleblower reports surfaced last year that wait time problems were still putting veterans lives at risk, Sloan Gibson dismissed the reports and even proclaimed the facility as being safe for veterans.

Yet, the medical center is apparently unsafe for bureaucrats. Veterans are fine. But bureaucrats are getting chewed up and spit out?

The most recent directors, Amdur and Nelson, were previously linked to their own scandals, so it seems interesting VA would choose them to lead THE medical center that is the beacon of criminal conspiracies of all VA’s nationwide.

RELATED: RimaAnn Nelson Has Skeletons In Her Closet

To date, no one replacing Sharon Helman, the director in 2014, for longer than 10 months.

Nonetheless, this does not take away from the most recent job posting signaling Nelson’s time at the facility is coming to a close.

Director – Phoenix VA Job Listing

Here is the Phoenix VA job listing. Any takers?

SEE IT: https://phoenix-az.geebo.com/jobs-online/view/directory/62/listing/235/id/266754909-health-system-administrator-medical-/mobile/1/

The Phoenix VA Health Care System is a part of Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 18 which includes facilities in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It consists of a 166-acute care beds; 104 Long term care beds and 24 Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Program Beds.

The Medical Center located in the Phoenix metro area, now America’s 5th largest city, offers a diverse southwestern lifestyle.

The Health System serves Veterans residing in the Gila, Maricopa, LaPaz and Pinal counties with a total Veteran population of 315,000.

The Phoenix VA Health Care System includes Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Gilbert, Central Phoenix, Payson (contract), Show Low, Globe and Surprise, Arizona. It is a tertiary care facility, classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1 facility (VA complexity level rating of 1b).

The Phoenix VA Health Care System is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

Comprehensive and specialized health care is provided through the entire spectrum of clinical specialties and state-of-the-art technologies-primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, entistry, geriatrics, and extended care.
The Medical Center Director is accountable for many functions including, but not limited to, developing and administering a balanced financial plan for a multi-million dollar budget with thousands of employees, performing analyses and evaluation of a wide range of clinical and administrative programs, providing strategic direction in alignment with VA’s strategic plan, identifying and meeting quality and performance objectives, ensuring quality through adherence to rigorous standards of a myriad of external accrediting bodies, promoting workplace improvements, developing and maintaining community partnerships, assuring equal employment opportunity and diversity, and planning for succession by developing subordinates.

The Director’s managerial duties and responsibilities involve final decisions which have a direct and substantial impact on the health care organization and programs.
The Director has full delegated line authority to accomplish all of the medical center’s missions-patient care, medical education, research, and DOD contingency support.

As a Director at a Complexity Level 1 facility, the incumbent is required to have extensive knowledge of clinical specialties, emerging health care issues and trends, operational and administrative systems, information technology, facilities and project management, in order to lead large, complex and diverse programs with a critical affiliate relationship with a large university medical school system as a key component.
The specialized clinical services at a Level 1 facility often involve unique requirements, necessitating greater administrative responsibility, reporting, and media/VSO/congressional scrutiny and oversight.

Comprehensive and specialized health care is provided through the entire spectrum of clinical specialties and state-of-the-art technologies-primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.

Lem

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Benedict

Sweet Jesus I hope so. Totally diabolical. ?

Disgruntled Veteran

Following.

ThisVet2017

If I’m correct, RimaAnn Nelson, is/was just another washed up VA swamp creature that was shuffled into that position – after leaving her previous position/workplace in a slimy slither of slime.

Hoping that they send her home and not shuffle her into another position (where she can continue spreading the plague); and, that they put a fresh person in there who is ready to do things differently.

Disgruntled Veteran
@ThisVet2017 – – – You are correct with respect to Rima Ann Nelson. She was the director of the St. Louis, MO facility when they exposed approximately 1800 veterans to HIV and HEP C due to not performing correct sterilization procedures on equipment. After being relieved of her command – – – she was PCS’d to the Manila Embassy VA Clinic, and given a pay raise for “stellar job performance”. Now she has been “RIMAing” our brothers and sisters in… Read more »
cj

Nice VA art, you have captured the essence of the VA! Do any of those piggies even speak English? Looks like Papa, Momma​, and grown up baby piggy, also looks like Helman on the right behind momma pig Nelson. Good riddance. I hope she gets run over by a bus full of veterans.

Rich B

Do any of those piggies even speak English?

Exactly my first impression also….

namnibor

“Squeal Like A Pig” is pretty much an universal language.

Disgruntled Veteran

@CJ – – – Are those REAL doctors on either side of Honey Boo Boo?

Paul Coupaud
Hi Mr. Krause, I’m not sure who you contacted at the VA that did not give you a comment, but as the public affairs officer at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, I know it was not my office. I wish you would’ve contacted us to verify the information as I could’ve saved you the probably significant amount of time you dedicated to creating this post. I’m not sure where job listing you linked to in your post originally came… Read more »
91Veteran

Paul, you say Rima has no plans to leave, but that does not clarify whether others have plans for her to leave.

I think many vets would help her pack.

Ex va
@ Paul Coupaud, where does you loyalty lie on informing the media as a public affairs officer concerning corruption, fraud and abuse? Would you inform the media of negligence and wait times created by corrupted employees or would you not say anything? The public affairs officers have been known to not to give full disclosure on criminal activities at va medical centers across this nation. I am asking what does your morals tell you to do if you came across… Read more »
james gallegos

I’ll answer for him. I Plead the 5th !

Dennis

Paul,

Your VA is America’s biggest disgrace. Your VA is responsible for the untimely deaths and serious injury to Americas veterans. Your agency has destroyed the lives on good men and women. Your VA commits horrific acts of negligence, criminality, and malice towards veterans. Your VA pisses all over the American Constitution and the rights of veterans. Your VA has been called into the spotlight for lies, deceit, malfeasance, misconduct, malpractice, and misappropriation.

Thank you for your service.

James Gallegos
The inmates and the union must be in charge. They can not find a warden with the ability or back up from the Secretary. President Trump signed the executive order to help in holding employees accountable. What I read is the Secretary is still asking the Senate for more assistant in passing a law to help him hold government employees accountable. I am confused, did the executive order give him that authority.? Why is the union running the facilities.? They… Read more »
namnibor
I think the VA did not want to be caught with another whack-a-mole departing director and as SOON as that VA Kryptonite called accountability shown it’s rays of truth upon the Phoenix VAMC, the VA quickly pipes-in…”That’s not really what we meant….we have now redefined job openings…”! WTF VA?! RimaAnn Nelson is more than likely staying put and in-fact rarely moves because she is a weeble and “they wobble but they don’t fall down!” 🙂 She is the epitome of… Read more »
Brian Moyer
Mr. Coupaud, You do realize that the VA has a severe credibility problem with us veterans. I for one am a Agent Orange Veteran of Guam. I was on Guam for two years as a Sea Duty Marine on the USS Proteus AS-19. I was on Guam from February 1974- February 1976 while M/Sgt Leroy Foster sprayed Agent Orange, White, Blue and Silvex on Guam at multiple locations plus I witnessed spraying going on along the fence line at Apra… Read more »
Paul Coupaud
Hi Mr. Moyer – I do totally understand that. I’m a Veteran as well and have had my own share of challenges with the VA, both on the Health and Benefits administrations sides of the house. (Thankfully haven’t had need for the Cemetery administration folks yet [grin]) Can I explain the disconnect of why one Veteran gets benefits while a Veteran in a seemingly identical situation/condition does not? Unfortunately, no – I honestly don’t have the words and that’s unfortunately… Read more »
ANutterVet

@Paul Coupard – – – Let me be nice, you’re a fucking trader.

Paul Coupaud

Sorry you feel that way, ANutterVet — I didn’t take this job to stab my fellow Veterans in the back, I want to be here to make a difference if I can and help other Veterans.
Best,
Paul

ANutterVet
@Paul Coupaud – – – Hey Paul, in the late 70’s I worked for one of the largest computer and electronic companies in the world. I accepted the position to do my best. And, if I came across something that ruffled a few feathers of my superiors because I pointed out things that needed to change in the work environment, so be it. Or to stick up for an employee that was flagged, bullied, and outcast by a few favorited… Read more »
James Gallegos

What is your position in the VA.?

ANutterVet

@James Gallegos – – – Paul Coupaud is a Public Affairs Officer. – – – Nutter.

NiteWish

Damn nutter, I know your in pain & miserable but Paul reached out to Ben, maybe he’s the real deal & we could give him the benefit of doubt, then again it may be as you say. Who to trust? Trust no one.

Paul Coupaud
Thanks NiteWish, I appreciate the benefit and will work to build and keep the trust. @ANutterVet, you might be surprised to learn that I do NOT deny those things happen in the VA. Heck, they also happen in the TSA, the IRS, Intel, WalMart, and every other company to some level or another. Yes, the VA absolutely has problems and we have to be accountable — not only because we are funded by taxpayer dollars — but even more importantly… Read more »
Underwater basket weaver specialist
Underwater basket weaver specialist
Paul, It takes some stones to post here defending the VA as an employee. I may get some grief for stating this but I applaud you for doing so. A significant # of followers and posters resent the VA for legitimate reasons and assume this site is monitored by VA officials. Your comment seems genuine and you don’t appear to me to be a troll. However, watch your 6 because retaliation is real in the VA regardless of your intent.… Read more »
Paul Coupaud

Thanks – I do appreciate the reminder. I’m really not trying to defend the VA, just trying to say that’s not what I see from my view here. Totally understand the legitimate reasons some Veterans have for the anger and hate they feel for VA. I’ve never stood in their boots and would never disrespect them to try to explain that kind of thing away. Again, thanks for the check 6.

namnibor

But, if your view is one of up your own ass, then of course you are not going to see nor smell anything amiss in “your view”. Perspective is everything, so are blinders and selective hearing.

James Gallegos

May I ask you, what have VA employees been told about the presidents executive order. !

On holding employees accountable. !

In you opinion is the union causing problems with stopping accountability.

Do you See clicks in the facility. ! Where employees will get together and lie to management.

Or is management lieing to the employees. !

Why is nothing changing.?

How bad is VA employee retaliation.?

OLDMARINE

Underwater basket weaver specialist I agree at least he didn’t shrivel up like a snowflake and had the balls to reply to others

Disgruntled Veteran
@Paul Coupaud – – – I applaud your effort to reach out to veterans on this site. My own experience here in Honolulu pretty much mirrors with what your comment presented. The biggest single problem that I see is the lack of proper, accurate internal communication between the VHA and VBA. The Spark Matsunaga facility has millions of dollars of computers – – – yet the VHA and VBA sides can not “talk” to each other in a timely manner… Read more »
Paul Coupaud
DV — I *SO* totally get what you mean!! I just went through paying back a few thousand to VA because VA and DOD computer systems don’t talk to each other. I got divorced and removed my ex from DEERS. Silly me to think that government computers talk to each other. [shaking head] But no, only a couple years later do I find out that what computer system “knows” is only in that system. (But the IRS can take your… Read more »
namnibor

Problem is the congress critters all have their balls in the vise of the VA’s AFGE…your Union is obstructing ANY real positive change. Can’t you, as a dues-paying AFGE VA employee speak-up…and as a Veteran? If you push the AFGE then the AFGE can continue pushing Isaacson up his stairmaster without interruption each morning without flying off.

Better analogy: look-up “LAMPREY”….that’s what the AFGE is to the VA, a parasite.

ANutterVet
@Paul Coupaud – – – What about the ability and the freedom of not being retaliating against by your superiors, if you were to bring up the issues that need to be changed with the VA? I was mentored and taught, that if an organization wanted to truly change, that the leadership would freely open their doors for suggestions that could [in the VA’s case], save lives, monies, or to stream line the process of claim filing. What say you?… Read more »
Disgruntled Veteran
@Paul Coupaud – – – I am glad that you get what I meant. My numbered items one through six will be an effective way to get it done. In fact, to make sure there can be no misunderstanding – – – I will reiterate them: FIX THE DAMN BROKEN VA: 1. Recognize the problems inherent in the VA are SYSTEM-WIDE, not just limited to a few locations. 2. Fire all the Lazy No Good Workers. Fire EVERY single AFGE/SES… Read more »
cj
Just an observation! I think what we are expecting from the VA, and our politicians is ludicrous, we veterans must be absolutely insane. Think about it, the above VA art drives the point home. We sign the dotted line to protect our country, and some even gave their lives. Those same politicians that would send us to our deaths​, defending this country, are the same politicians, that turned around and gave it away, as evidenced in the bad art. And… Read more »
ANutterVet
@Paul Coupaud, @NiteWish, @Seymore Klearly, @Namnibor, @cj, @Ex va, @OLDMARINE, @Crazy elf, @Dennis, @Brian Moyer, @cj @Ex va, @Disgruntled Veteran, @91Veteran, @Lem, @James Gallegos, @Jo3n, @Bill, @Windguy, @Don Karg, @OLDMARINE, @Ron Nesler, @Gary, @Warhorse, @Dan F, @Fred Locke, @Rick B Paul, I’m sorry for seeming to be harsh in my response to your posts. So for me to have no doubt that you want to make positive changes in the VA to protect Veterans, you have your work cut out… Read more »
Paul Coupaud
Nutter — good list, comprehensive. I wish I were in a position to make those kind of changes, but I’m not. The only one I can personally address is #15 — yes, there are some people who are just collecting their check, but I also know many who do genuinely care and want to provide the best care possible. I’m not in any position to affect policy, employee performance (other than the few who work for me that I’m responsible… Read more »
ANutterVet

@Paul Poupaud – – – Thanks Paul. Please do these two things; send your contact information into Ben for vetting. Afterwards, change your handle so that no troll from the VA recognizes your name, therefore setting you up for retaliation. Since the VA retaliates against a well know practicing physician, they’ll retaliate against you. No offense. Thanks. – – – Nutter.

ANutterVet

Sorry about that. I thought I told my finger to push the C key, but it landed on the P key. VA meds.

Ex va

@Paul Poupaud, do you not meet with the front office weekly or daily as a public affairs officer? You do meet with the Director, Associate Director, Chief of Staff, and other Chiefs of service/care lines? You could pass the information on…

Ex va

@Paul Coupaud, sorry i misspelled your name.

Paul Coupaud

@Ex VA and @ANutterVet — thanks! I did send a note to Ben with my info for whatever process he needs.

Most of our day-to-day communication is email or phone as it’s usually more efficient, but I’ll definitely pass the information on — thanks!

And no worries on the name, it’s an easy one to mess up. 😉

91Veteran
Ben, I posted a comment suggesting you are being played, but I think it might be stuck in your spam filter. It contained some links such as to this LinkedIn site at: “https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/256754993” showing what results come up when searching on the job title used at the Geebo site. I thought I put the links in quotes, but I may have missed one. Within that LinkedIn post is a Job Announcement number, VHA22-PN-16-1787190-PDS, which is for a VAMC Director position…at… Read more »
namnibor

Phoenix VAMC is just the location where the turds surface in the swamp water system, then rollover a few times then dive back down into the bowels of the VA meat grinder to surface where, no one knows. Much like the earth’s water conveyor system, the VA has an entire turd current network (TCN).

91Veteran
Interesting. Within that LinkedIn post is another vacancy number for SES if they don’t meet the education requirements. Searching on that vacancy number produces some interesting results. For vets that have been screwed for years over VocRehab benefits, did you know the VA has their own Learning University? “https://www.valu.va.gov/slicksheet/view/62” Or that they have a Corporate Employee Development Board where management flunkies can attend some prestigious schools to learn how to be a good little stooge? “https://www.valu.va.gov/SlickSheet/View/10” I guess if your… Read more »
ANutterVet
@91Veteran – – – I don’t believe that it is me, but it sure seems like VA employees have a hell of a lot more protection that backs them up compared to us, “sign on the line” boy’s have. After today’s incidents, I’ve lost any traces of trust the I have in the VA system. Shootz, the VA doesn’t even have an open door policy where employees can freely submit complaints where they know that the VA system needs to… Read more »
ANutterVet

Off Topic – – – Hillary Clinton has a new PAC, Onward-Together. The next Presidential Election is going to be something. The resistance of the left will not let up. Lock her up! Shootz, lock them all up! Open all Elected Officials books up to be inspected for accountability. They’re running now to get their second set of books.

91Veteran

AnutterVet, I believe this was the post by Ben I was talking about where she gave a disastrous PR response to Tucker Carlson.

“http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/02/13/phoenix-va-rebukes-fox-news-tucker-carlson-story-kind/”

OLDMARINE

NUTTER Open all Elected Officials books up to be inspected for accountability….. I would suggest all the politicians disclose all there stock holdings and you will see why they vote for certain bills and not other ones its all about fatting the wallet

ANutterVet

@91Veteran – Thanks for the reference pertaining to HRC.

@OLDMARINE – Yeah, disclose all stock, bonds, and other areas of investments. All hell will break out.

91Veteran

Anuttervet, you have to look no further than the DBC’s to realize veterans have nowhere near the rights VA employees have.

As for Coupaud, yes, he is a veteran, but Ben posted an article here on Phoenix recently which linked to another news article in which Coupaud was quoted…or misquoted if he wants to claim that.

From what I recall, the quote was misleading at best.

namnibor

~~Gurgle?~~

ANutterVet

@Namnibor – – – Wipe your chin. That garble came from the VA pharmacy. It will eat your skin. Federal DA Sessions is on the prowl.

Jo3n

Whatever the mistake in the post brought Paul out of the closet. I’d like to welcome you Paul. I hear another VA representative saying, ” I know, but “. Keep coming back… God Bless the Veterans and their families, and maybe a few……………. a couple….. employees.

Paul Coupaud

Thanks Jo3n – I really appreciate it and will continue to visit and comment.

Jo3n
@Ben, about the art. No pictures hanging, and nametags looked phony at best. I’m really tired of the same old names. Hasn’t Shulkin been there long enough to expose these criminals? The secrets in the VA is cancerous. Their lies turn into our deaths. Their fraud turns into Veterans wait time scandals. What they won’t report turns into thousands of families suffering. Why is this acceptable? Our Country has fired Presidents, and these sick sons of bitches who are responsible… Read more »
cj

@Ex va: Ex, how’s you?

Ex va

@cj, doing better. How are you doing?

cj

@Ex va: Doin okay, sore from preparing a new garden area on a local farm. It’s good to hear your doing better.

Ex va

@cj, how is your health issues? i hope you are doing a little better. You got the land!!! Good for you! You have a huge harvest this year!

cj

@Ex va: The problems I have been having, are due to nerve damage in my back. The great VA, has me trying to taper off the wrong med. Private doctor has me all squared away.

Ex va

@cj, had a few ripe strawberries this week. Only a few were big. I thought with this rain they would be huge. I don’t know, maybe need fertilizer, i put some on over the winter. Sounds like you have been really busy. That is great.

cj

@Ex va: Excellent you have strawberries already. I hope to have this new garden planted before the weekend is over. I need to make it look professional since they refuse to charge for the land. They know it’s to feed veterans. Our politicians don’t give a shit about veterans, but it’s clear the farmers in this country do.

Ex va

@cj, glad your private doctor found that. The great va, another unsuccessful diagnosis/treatment. Glad it can be corrected. You are going to have your hands full with that extra land. Lol.

cj

@Ex va: Your right, definitely going to keep busy growing stuff.

cj

@Ex va: All the farmers I have ever met, love this country, and its veterans.
Unlike our politicians who only give a shit about themselves.

Ex va
@cj, that is great that they know you are using it to help feed Veterans. God Bless you. You are reaching out to Veterans who you probably will never get to meet, but they will be so happy to get the fresh vegetables. So glad they are letting you use it for free. You will make it look great. I live around some good farmers and they would feed you for free if you asked. It is shameful that the… Read more »
Ex va

@cj, i hope you can get to the water for that new land. Hope it is not too hard for you to take care of those plants.

ANutterVet
@cj – Glad to hear that you can now figure out a new treatment dosage, and finally get some relieve from that painful neuropathy. I don’t recall if you ever mentioned at any time of the VA trying to pump you up on Neurontin/Gabapentin. This is one of their go to meds. I know of some Vets that take upwards of 3.6 grams/day divided into 3 doses of 1.2 grams. I tried it once, didn’t work. @Ex va – Sounds… Read more »
Ex va

@ANutterVet, Good to hear from you. The weather is better. Glad you are getting some warm weather. I use the miracle grow, last year i used all the specialized strawberry fertilizer, probably need to get some more. That stuff is expensive. The leaves are huge this year, i hope the plants are not putting all the energy in the leaves.

cj

@Ex va: They are on well water, and the plot they are letting me use, is within 200 ft of the spigot. Very lucky to have use of this. Very nice people.

Ex va

@cj, sounds like you are all set up. Lol. Well water is good for the plants. Glad the people are nice.

cj

@ANutterVet: Have been on Gabapentin before, has no effect on me.

cj

Sorry for the delayed answers, still using a tablet. Will have my laptop up and running by the end of the week.

Ex va

i think the internet is slow. Plus i am slow too. Lol. Mentally. Lol.

ANutterVet

@cj – Same for me. It was taking those cheap generics yellow capsules with no relieve. And like you, VA will not prescribe the big C = Clonazepam. Better yet, Klonopin.

cj

@ANutterVet, I am lucky, not having to depend on the VA, and have great private doctors. I wish all veterans had the same choices I have.

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