Roseburg VA holds first town hall meeting under new interim director

Interim Director David Whitmer took over in February after the resignation of the former director. Whitmer is now laying out his plan to get the VA campus back to national standards.

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 6:36 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2018 6:42 PM

ROSEBURG, OR. – With recent changes and controversies surrounding the Roseburg VA Hospital, its new interim director is hoping to start making changes starting with their town hall format.

At the town hall held on Tuesday evening, Interim Director David Whitmer briefly discussed the recent staff changes and resignations and laid out his plan for his time as the interim director.

RELATED: Roseburg VA director resigns

“That process change will include how we’ll gather input from the community, the data-driven decision making that we’ll have. Then, ultimately, how we’ll communicate those changes through our media representatives,” said Whitmer.

As part of that plan, the town hall format changed from having an open question and answer period to a more personal one-on-one interaction with booths set up by departments at the VA.

READ MORE: ROSEBURG VA RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE REPORT ON PATIENT CARE

Whitmer said he hopes this helps with communication between veterans and the departments.

Vietnam Veteran Bob Miller, who couldn’t go on camera, said he’s all for trying new things and thinks it could help as long as their questions and concerns don’t fall on deaf ears.

Whitmer said he has already started working on the 28 recommendations by the Office of the Medical Investigator and will continue to follow those guidelines to help him facilitate change at the Roseburg VA while he’s interim director.

The next VA Town Hall will take place in Eugene in April.

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