Spokane VA center faces challenge in recruiting ER doctors

SPOKANE — The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center is having a tough time recruiting emergency room doctors as patient visits remain steady since its 24-hour staffing was cut in December.

The Spokesman-Review reported that the medical center’s interim director, Ron Johnson, says the Spokane facility has been advertising and working with a national recruiter, but hasn’t filled vacant positions for emergency room doctors since December.

The VA, which has 36 beds and outpatient services, provides care to more than 32,000 veterans in Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Johnson says the hospital’s small size doesn’t help with recruiting efforts. The medical center must recruit seven doctors and one half-time physician to fully staff its ER.

The VA continues to run an urgent care clinic staffed with contract physicians until the vacant positions are filled.

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