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Phoenix VA hospital boss to testify at state Legislature

Glen Grippen is the new director of the Veterans Administration's Phoenix health system.

Glen Grippen is the new director of the Veterans Administration’s Phoenix health system.

The new director of the Veterans Administration’s Phoenix health system is set to brief members of the Arizona Legislature on problems at local VA hospital and clinics.

Glen Grippen will appear before a Senate committee Wednesday.

Grippen was appointed to a one-year term overseeing the Phoenix hospital and area clinics in November.

The Phoenix hospital was at the center of a national scandal about wait times and other problems that led to a system-wide shakeup last year.

Grippen is a former director of the VA hospital in Milwaukee. He retired in 2011 as director of the VA’s Rocky Mountain regional network after nearly 40 years of service.

His testimony comes two days before President Barack Obama is set to visit the Phoenix VA hospital.

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