Department of Veterans Affairs proposes removing director of Pittsburgh-area hospitals

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PITTSBURGH — The Department of Veterans Affairs has recommended removing the director of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System for unspecified "conduct unbecoming a senior executive."

That director, Terry Gerigk Wolf, has been on paid leave since June after a VA review of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak between February 2011 and November 2012. At least six Pittsburgh VA patients died of the bacterial disease that was traced to water treatment problems at the Pittsburgh-area hospitals, which also prompted Congressional hearings.

A Pittsburgh VA spokesman says it would be "inappropriate" to comment on the recommendation announced Friday.

Wolf can respond to the department's allegations in writing before Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald makes a final decision on Wolf's fate.

The Pittsburgh VA's chief medical officer, David MacPherson, has been named interim director in Pittsburgh.

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