Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks

J. Froelich / KUAF

Several hundred veterans crowded a town hall meeting Monday morning at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks demanding answers about a pathologist recently fired for working while impaired. The pathologist has been identified by media as Dr. Robert Levy of Fayetteville. Officials say an external review is underway to determine just how many pathology reports are flawed. Concerned veterans can call (866)388-5428 or (479) 582-7995.


More than 19,000 pathology reports from across the country will have to be externally reviewed after a staff pathologist at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks was deemed impaired. A press conference in Fayetteville yesterday, with members of the state's congressional delegation, included details about the matter.


Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks Director Bryan Matthews is leaving Fayetteville after two years to take a post as director at a veterans’ health care system in Biloxi, Miss.. Matthews raised the ranking of the VHCSO from a three-star facility to a five-star facility in less than one year. In our interview, Matthews discusses his accomplishments, the projects the VA is in the process of building and the challenges the VA faces going forward.


U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin in early June pronounced the American veterans health care system to be in “critical condition.” 
One northwest Arkansas VA hospital, however, appears to be thriving, and that prompted U.S. Rep. Steve Womack (R-3rd District) to invite Shulkin to take a look.

After an early morning tour of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville Monday, Shulkin, at a press conference on the grounds, characterized the forested campus facility as extraordinary.

 “It is a five-star facility. That means it is the very top of performance across the country in VA’s.”

J. Froelich / KUAF

The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs has ordered a major physical of its ailing medical care system. But Bryan Matthews, director of the historic Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, based in Fayetteville which serves the tri-state area, says his institution is in excellent health.