Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks

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The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks cut the ribbon on a new 24-hour inpatient treatment facility Tuesday. The Leroy Pond Residential Treatment Facility has space for 20 veterans, who each get their own room, to stay up to 90 days as they recover for substance abuse disorders, which often come with a co-occurring mental health illness and in some cases homelessness. Prior to opening the Leroy Pond facility, the VHSO offered a 28-day outpatient treatment program, but veterans who needed further help had to travel to Little Rock or out of state to access long-term, inpatient care.

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Several hundred veterans crowded a town hall meeting Monday morning at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks demanding answers about a pathologist recently fired for working while impaired. The pathologist has been identified by media as Dr. Robert Levy of Fayetteville. Officials say an external review is underway to determine just how many pathology reports are flawed. Concerned veterans can call (866)388-5428 or (479) 582-7995.


More than 19,000 pathology reports from across the country will have to be externally reviewed after a staff pathologist at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks was deemed impaired. A press conference in Fayetteville yesterday, with members of the state's congressional delegation, included details about the matter.


Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks Director Bryan Matthews is leaving Fayetteville after two years to take a post as director at a veterans’ health care system in Biloxi, Miss.. Matthews raised the ranking of the VHCSO from a three-star facility to a five-star facility in less than one year. In our interview, Matthews discusses his accomplishments, the projects the VA is in the process of building and the challenges the VA faces going forward.


U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin in early June pronounced the American veterans health care system to be in “critical condition.” 
One northwest Arkansas VA hospital, however, appears to be thriving, and that prompted U.S. Rep. Steve Womack (R-3rd District) to invite Shulkin to take a look.

After an early morning tour of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville Monday, Shulkin, at a press conference on the grounds, characterized the forested campus facility as extraordinary.

 “It is a five-star facility. That means it is the very top of performance across the country in VA’s.”