VA names scandal-plagued official to lead Phoenix hospital

A Department of Veterans Affairs official who has in the past been embroiled in scandal within the agency has been named the new director of the troubled Phoenix VA Health Care System, internal emails show.

Deborah Amdur, who was involved in a VA effort to conceal the fact that recalled drugs were prescribed to a veteran at the Vermont hospital she previously oversaw, will begin her appointment at the Phoenix VA facility next month, according to records obtained by the Washington Examiner.

A VA spokesperson confirmed Amdur's appointment.

Amdur stated in a letter to Sen. Kelly Ayotte earlier this year that she was not aware a drug her hospital had given a veteran, causing him to have a violent seizure, had been recalled before it was prescribed. Amdur also denied the agency had withheld information about the drug from the affected veteran after Ayotte pressed the VA on his behalf.