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Dietrich will oversee a network including the Dayton VA hospital and clinics in Springfield, Middletown, Lima and Richmond, Indiana, that altogether serve more than 40,000 veterans and have a $408 million budget.
Upcoming efforts Dietrich will oversee include a renovation of the headquarters building that will involve building a national archive for the VA, the opening of a home to loved ones to stay at to be close to veterans who are getting impatient care, and the relocation of the Lima clinic.
Costie retired in October to take a role with Ohio Hospice, where he is helping improve services and care for veterans. Costie’s career earned him a reputation for crisis control. He was brought to Dayton after an investigation of a dentist not following proper hygiene procedures, and was dispatched to the Phoenix VA amid a scandal over wait times there.
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Dr. Thomas Hardy, Dayton VA chief of staff, has served as interim director since Costie left and will continue in that role until Dietrich takes over.