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Chief Operating Officer and Associate Director
Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center

Chief Operating Officer and Associate Director
Department of Veterans Affairs

NC, Director, Associate Director, DURVAMC
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Associate Director
VA Medical Center

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But VA Medical Center Associate Director Rudy Klopfer paints a much different picture.He says they provide better care here than at some private facilities.

"The VA, on a number of measurements, are far and above better than what the private industry is, and so yeah, I think we're providing the best care here to our veterans and they wouldn't get any better care otherwise," said Klopfer.

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VA Medical Center Associate Director, A. Rudy Klopfer, says they're providing the best care possible with the budget they've been given.

"Are there challenges with that?Sure.But we look at ways where we can use those resources the best, in the best fashion to meet all their needs," said Klopfer."Would you like more money from the government?Yes, of course.We feel there's always more services that we could provide."
He can't talk about Wilson's specific case, but he says they provide better health care for veterans than many private facilities.He says the bad reputation his hospital may receive is misguided because they will correct any problems that arise.
"So I would encourage those veterans to come and speak to us and come and see the great things that we are doing in the VA.We are doing some wonderful things," said Klopfer.

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The funding -- part of an overall $1.8 billion given to the Veteran's Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- "has meant great benefits to the medical center and the 51,000 veterans a year that we serve," said Rudy Klopfer, associate director of the Durham facility. "We've made absolutely major upgrades because of the funding."

Among those upgrades has been an expanded physical therapy space for veterans in the Community Living Center that cost $541,000. The expansion, completed this spring, serves around 100 patients at a time who live in the center for a month or two and whose caregivers can't provide the necessary support for daily living activities.
"We can give them nursing help and intensive treatment to help prepare them to return to independent living," Klopfer said.

The Tulsa VA clinic has been ...

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The Tulsa VA clinic has been plagued for months by mold known as staccybotris, said Rudy Klopfer, associate director of the VA hospital in Muskogee and the Tulsa VA clinic.The mold problem has caused closure of the clinic's physical therapy unit in addition to examination rooms, restrooms and employee offices, Klopfer said.

The closure of the physical therapy unit has caused disabled veterans to travel to Muskogee for therapy, Klopfer said.
The Tulsa clinic treats about 18,300 veterans, including 800 Iraq war veterans, some who are also treated in Muskogee, Klopfer said.
Klopfer said the VA has been frustrated by Heidorn's response in addressing the roof and interior repairs.
"I would like a better response," Klopfer said.
Klopfer said the level of care at the Tulsa VA clinic is exceptional despite the repair and mold abatement issues.

tulsaworld.com: Family Scene

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The 12 finalists from each grade and their fathers were treated to dinner downtown and a trip to an evening Drillers' baseball game, where the Father of the Year, Rudy Klopfer, threw out the first pitch.

Rudy's 11-year-old son Anthony, who won the sixth-grade spot, wrote that he appreciates his dad's time spent coaching soccer, basketball and baseball.
"My dad teaches me everything I need to know," Anthony wrote.
Rudy brought his five children and wife of almost 15 years to Fort Gibson from Las Vegas at the beginning of the year to take the job as chief operating officer of the Muskogee VA Medical Center.
The large Klopfer family makes dinner together a top priority despite their busy schedule with the kids' sports.Soccer season just wrapped up for four of the kids, and Rudy coached three of the teams.
It makes for long days, but Rudy wants to give his children something he never had: a father.He said his father died in a car accident before he was born, leaving Rudy's mother to raise three sons on her own.
"That's really my passion as a father," Rudy said.

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