Dayton VA Medical Center director to head Cincinnati VA

CINCINNATI (AP) — The medical director of the Dayton VA Medical Center will become acting director of the VA medical facility in Cincinnati, where investigators said this year that they had found misconduct related to some officials.

Glenn Costie’s move from Dayton to Cincinnati was one of four appointments of leaders for VA facilities in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Costie will become acting director of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center until a permanent director is hired, the VA said. The department in February ousted the head of its Ohio-based regional network headquartered in Cincinnati and disciplined the then-acting chief of staff of the Cincinnati hospital in connection with a probe of the hospital’s management and veterans’ care.

The VA said then that a site visit didn’t substantiate impropriety in the quality of care for veterans or in community care referrals, but that the investigative team found misconduct related to the then-acting chief of staff’s provision of prescriptions and other medical care to family members of the ousted head of the regional network.

The Cincinnati hospital delivers medical care to more than 43,000 veterans annually from southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and Indiana. John Gennaro, director of the Cincinnati VA, will fill the vacant director’s job at the Erie VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania that serves about 22,000 veterans.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Tuesday that alleged reported management problems in Cincinnati “are unacceptable.” The Ohio Democrat said he and his team will work closely with the VA to ensure that a new permanent director addresses the reported challenges.

Costie will be replaced in Dayton by Mark Murdock, who will become acting director at the Dayton VA. Murdock has been on temporary assignment as acting director at the Northern Indiana Health Care System, which has campuses in Fort Wayne and Marion.

The associate director at the Northern Indiana system, Jay Miller, will become acting medical center director there until a permanent director is chosen.

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