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Spokane VA hospital still short staffed for all-hours emergency room

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

KHQ has learned new information about the care at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane. On Monday, the hospital told KHQ they have the money needed to open their emergency room 24-7 but they still don't have the staff to make it happen.

After a concerned veteran reached out to KHQ, we asked the hospital about it. The VA says it's been a struggle to recruit physicians to work in urgent care since December 2014, when they decided the center would be open 10 hours a day instead. The reason for the shortage? The VA says they don't offer heart health services, so many doctors turn away from them.

"Most physicians who want to practice emergency medicine want to be in a robust emergency room, so for them, that means getting some very difficult cases, the heart attacks, the strokes, the trauma and our emergency room just doesn't offer those opportunities for them," said Medical Center Director Ronald Johnson.

They are still doing all they can to recruit doctors to the Inland Northwest.

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