Fort Wayne VA Medical Center Reopens ICU Unit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – The Fort Wayne VA Medical Center has reopened its intensive care unit, completing the restoration of inpatient services after they stopped two years ago over lapses in care, staffing and leadership.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Northern Indiana Health Care System Director Denise Deitzen announced Saturday that the necessary clinical personnel had been hired and trained for the unit to begin accepting patients.

The Journal Gazette reports two of the unit's four beds are ready for patients. When fully operational, the unit will be able to treat patients in three private rooms and a bed at one end of the unit.

Deitzen says the resumption of intensive care at the Fort Wayne clinic cost $3 million. 

The clinic has been referring ICU patients to non-VA hospitals during the interim.