ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The intensive care unit at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center won't reopen, despite federal lawmakers' requests.
The ICU at the hospital closed in 2009.
The Roseburg News-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1eA8nZr ) the hospital even stopped performing surgeries that require an overnight stay after a 61-year-old retired Army sergeant fell ill following a hernia operation and died of cardiac arrest in an ambulance en route to a Springfield hospital.
The Roseburg VA Health Care System serves 26,000 veterans.
Director Carol Bogedain says the hospital saw too few critically ill patients to keep the staff "sharp."
Bogedain says allowing them to work in the ICU would be a disservice to the patients.