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Cleveland Clinic CEO Cosgrove says no to VA post

Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove will not take over the scandal-ridden Veterans Affairs Department and will remain in his current job.

In a statement released Saturday, June 7, Cosgrove said he was humbled and honored to have been considered for the post. He described the VA post as “an enormous responsibility and one that deserved careful thought and consideration.”

“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 in the statement.

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Cosgrove, 73, has been at the Clinic since 1975 and has been CEO since 2004. He has helped it become one of the world's leading academic medical centers and has emerged as a leading voice on national health care policy matters.

Cosgrove's announcement came just hours after Modern Healthcare published a three-month investigation showing stonewalling of patient complaints at the Cleveland Clinic, which raised questions about the nation's patient-safety regulatory system.

"Cosgrove says no to VA post" originally appeared on the website of Crain's Cleveland Business, one of Modern Healthcare's sister publications.

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