Peoria's VA clinic audited for further review

By WEEK Producer

June 9, 2014 Updated Jun 9, 2014 at 10:13 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria's outpatient clinic is one of 112 VA sites receiving further review after being audited on how quickly patients had access to care.

Al Timerman has been going to the V-A clinic for the past 21 years.

"I've been very satisfied with it. Even when I first started. If I need the doctor, I get to go see the doctor," Vietnam veteran Al Timerman said.

The clinic offers preventative care along with some specialty and mental services.

A report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs states that after an initial audit in May -- Peoria's clinic will be further investigated.

A spokesperson for the VA Illiana Health Care System said they were surprised with the report.

They say their facilities do very well getting veterans in to be seen -- about 99 percent of appointments are scheduled in 30 days or less.

"You know obviously with the veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan you see an increase of veterans coming into the system,” said the spokesperson. “And we want to make sure, at least at V-A Illiana, that we're able to provide the care they need in the time frame they need it in," said VA Illiana spokesman, Doug Shouse.

And when Timerman was asked if the news surprised him...

"Yea, honestly it does. Since they switched from the old place to the new building out there it's been excellent," he said.

It is not known why the additional review is necessary or when it will happen.

But the clinic says its main goals are to be transparent and not interrupt care for any veteran.

Congressman Aaron Schock was instrumental in securing funding for the VA clinic.

"I am concerned to note that facilities in Peoria remain under investigation, and I will work to ensure a full accounting in this matter," said 18th District Congressman Aaron Schock.

VA Illiana Health Care System runs five clinics and a hospital.
Its clinic in Danville is also under further investigation.