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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has suspended surgeries that require overnight stays pending an investigation into the death of a veteran who died after a hernia operation.
The Roseburg News-Register reports (http://is.gd/B3wetB) VA medical inspectors are looking into the June 25 death of retired Army Sgt. Ray Velez. The 61-year-old from Junction City went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance on the way to a hospital in Springfield.
Valez fell ill after the surgery and was being driven to Springfield because an intensive care unit in Roseburg was full.
The case has raised questions about whether the hospital is equipped to handle life-threatening emergencies.
VA officials are calling the suspension of more complicated surgeries temporary, but they do not know how long the investigation will take.
Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com