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Ohio VA medical centers lost $1 million in medical equipment, records show

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July 06, 2018
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Several Veterans Affairs medical facilities across Ohio have lost more than $1.1 million worth of medical equipment over a three-year span, a recent report revealed.

Between 2014 and 2017, VA medical centers in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Chillicothe have lost iPads; a $28,000 bedside monitor; and a $12,000 stretcher, inventory records show.

Even after the VA in Ohio spent nearly $24 million on tracking technology, some of the facilities continued to lose items, The Star Tribune recently reported.

“Ohio facilities have stopped buying tracking technology,” Cincinnati VA spokesman Greg Goins said.

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Goins was asked if taxpayer dollars are being wasted, and he responded by saying that officials “aren’t going to allow that to happen.”

The technology contractor has not responded to The Star Tribune’s requests for comment.

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