Clinic's Cosgrove withdraws from running to head VA
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[June 09, 2014]
By Emily Stephenson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Toby Cosgrove, the
head of the prestigious Cleveland Clinic who the White House had
considered nominating to lead the troubled Department of Veterans
Affairs, said on Saturday he had withdrawn from consideration for that
Cosgrove, 73, a Vietnam veteran and surgeon, was in the running to
replace former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned on May 30
amid a political firestorm over widespread delays in veterans'
Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson has been leading the
agency while President Barack Obama looks for a permanent
replacement. Last week, Cosgrove was said to be under consideration.
In a statement on Saturday, Cosgrove said he was honored to have
been considered for the VA position and had great respect for
"This has been an extraordinarily difficult decision, but I have
decided to withdraw from consideration from this position and remain
at the Cleveland Clinic, due to the commitment I have made to the
organization, our patients and the work that still needs to be done
here," Cosgrove said.
The Cleveland Clinic under Cosgrove has looked to broaden its reach
by opening a large, super-modern specialty hospital in Abu Dhabi.
White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for
comment on Cosgrove's decision.
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The VA scandal began with reports of schemes to hide long patient
wait times at facilities in Phoenix, and has since spread to other
parts of the country. The agency's inspector general now is probing
42 separate VA healthcare locations.
Gibson, the department's acting head, told reporters in Phoenix on
Thursday that VA staff had contacted 1,700 veterans whose names
appeared on secret waiting lists and found that 18 of them had
(Editing by Eric Walsh)
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