Tomah VA director fired amid reports of over-medication practices

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Tomah VA Medical Center

TOMAH — The director of the Tomah VA Medical Center has been fired, becoming the second top official to depart amid reports of over-medication practices.

The La Crosse Tribune reports ( ) that acting director John Rohrer sent an email to employees Wednesday, September 2nd stating only that Mario Desanctis “is no longer employed” by the VA.

The VA did not immediately say whether say whether Desanctis was fired or quit, but U.S. Rep. Ron Kind’s office says he was informed that Desanctis had been “let go.”

Desanctis is the second Tomah VA official to depart amid reports of excessive levels of opioid prescriptions there.

Last month, the VA’s inspector general said deficiencies in care led to the drug toxicity death last year of Jason Simcakoski. One physician who attended to him was fired.

1 Comment

  • Dale E Bakke

    The Tomah VA Medical Center needs all new staff. I have been treated there since August 1995. I have been on all sorts of medications. I have incurred all sorts of medical problems. All I have gotten over the last 11 years is a run-a-round & a hard time.

    I believe I was over-medicated numerous times. Resulting in jail-time on numerous occasions.

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