Mountain Home director responds to VA audit

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The director of Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center in East Tennessee says in response to an audit showing long wait times that the facility will expand.

Mountain Home Director Charlene Ehret spoke at a news conference Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released statistics this week finding the Mountain Home facility near Johnson City ranked ninth nationally in longest wait times for new patients to receive specialist care, with a wait of 67 days.

The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/Swf7B7 ) reported that Ehret said Mountain Home plans to open a new clinic Monday in Campbell County and plans to expand its Sevierville clinic space to allow new physicians to take up residence there.

Ehret said the wait time was mostly due to lack of clinical space in Knoxville, especially for optometrists and audiologists.

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Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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