Atlanta VA cites improved wait times, care

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials with the Atlanta VA Medical Center are reporting improvements to wait times and care, following a national audit two months ago that identified problems at the facility and prompted further federal review.

The facility's director, Leslie Wiggins, told reporters Friday that newly compiled figures for January through March show veterans are receiving appointments quicker and obtaining better care for conditions such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure and hospital-acquired infections.

Meanwhile, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the hospital's overall quality ranking among VA facilities remains unchanged, with two stars out of a possible five. The newspaper says that means the facility's in the bottom third of the VA's 128 acute care and surgery facilities.

Officials say they've also added 15 call center positions to reduce the time to answer calls.

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