St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 8, 2011
U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan will meet this week with the head of the Department of Veteran Affairs to discuss the new and ongoing woes at the Cochran VA hospital in St. Louis. Carnahan, who recently was appointed to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, will meet with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki on Thursday. The confab comes amid further revelations about sterilization problems at Cochran, located near Grand Center in St. Louis. Months after improperly cleaned dental equipment led the hospital to test hundreds of patients for HIV and hepatitis, officials disclosed that at least 35 patients had surgeries canceled because of similar fears over tainted instruments. Carnahan's frustration has mounted with his apparent inability to shake up management at the hospital.