Roseburg VA Hospital

Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center Interim Director Douglas Paxton speaks with registered nurse Tonya Madsen in Roseburg, Ore. Seven weeks into his term, Paxton said his priorities include reducing patients’ waits for appointments and increasing transparency about the VA’s operations. (AP Photos/The News-Review, Michael Sullivan)

ROSEBURG (AP) — Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center Interim Director Doug Paxton makes a habit of walking around the VA to meet directly with employees and patients.

Seven weeks into his term, Paxton said his priorities include reducing patients’ waits for appointments and increasing transparency about the VA’s operations.