Reopening of Topeka veterans hospital emergency room delayed

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A data software problem will delay the opening of the emergency room at a Topeka veterans hospital for at least six weeks.

The announcement comes just over a week after Sen. Jerry Moran and Rep. Lynn Jenkins were told a staffing shortage at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center emergency room had been fixed and it would open when the hospital received reauthorization paperwork. Officials had expected it to open by the end of May.

However,  the Veterans Affairs Central Office in Washington D.C. has ordered Colmery-O’Neil to spend six weeks updating the emergency room’s data software, which collects patient data.

The emergency room was closed in January 2014 after several physicians departed, leaving the emergency room critically understaffed.

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