VA names new director for Phoenix medical center

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs has named longtime administrator Glen Grippen as the interim director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
 
Grippen will replace acting Director Glenn Costie on Nov. 17.
 
Costie is returning to Ohio where he's director of the Dayton VA Medical Center.
 
The Phoenix leadership has seen a revolving-door since Sharon Helman was suspended as director in May. That was after the release of a VA inspector general report held her responsible for manipulation of patient appointment data and other problems. She remains on paid leave.
 
Grippen is a former director of the VA hospital in Milwaukee. He retired in 2011 as director of the VA's Rocky Mountain regional network after nearly 40 years of service.
 
Griffin is expected to fill a one-year term in Phoenix.