The Department of Veterans Affairs has recommended a nominee to become the new director of the St. Louis VA Health Care System. The nominee has not been named publicly and is undergoing security clearance.
The system, which serves 46,000 veterans annually, hasn’t had a permanent director since 2013. Seven directors in the past two years, including current acting director Patricia L. Ten Haaf, have held the position in an acting capacity.
U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and other members of the Senate and House from the St. Louis region, have expressed concern about that turnover to Robert McDonald, director of the embattled VA. The elected officials are concerned that the shaky leadership situation has hampered changes announced after an inspection of the VA system exposed long waiting lists and poor car at VA facilities.