Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion.

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MARION — In an email, a spokesperson for the VA Medical Center in Marion told The Southern Illinoisan that the HR director will neither fired nor transferred as demanded by Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and Jack Bergman, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, in a letter dated Jan. 23.

A spokeswoman for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs released the following statement: “The committee has not received an official response from the Department of Veterans Affairs in regards to whether it would replace or transfer the Marion, IL HR Director.”

Bost has voiced concerns in the past about morale of personnel, lack of continuing education, no clear job descriptions and lack of follow-up to make sure job duties are performed, saying the problems endanger operations and can be traced to the HR director.

The Marion VA Medical Center was investigated by the committee on oversight in early 2017 and several recommendations were made. Not all of the recommendations have been addressed.

The Jan. 23 letter was a follow-up to a letter sent in June with a goal of curing long-term problems at the facility.

The newest letter, dated Jan. 23, reads: “A persistent root cause of issues like prolonged difficulties recruiting and retaining staff, failures to track and enforce training standards, and the inability to discipline misbehaving employees is an absence of strong HR leadership and staff.”

A spokesperson for Marion VAMC said in January that the facility Director Jo Ann Ginsburg has been working for several months to address all concerns and recommendations.

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Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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