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VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

PRESS RELEASE - Restoration of Outpatient Services underway at Manhattan VA

Contact: Jennifer Sammartino, Public Affairs Officer, 718-630-2804

April 1, 2013

VA Secretary Tours Recovery at Manhattan VA Medical Center

Shinseki Discusses Post-Sandy Recovery, Restoration of Outpatient Services


Manhattan, NY - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki visited the Manhattan Campus of VA New York Harbor Healthcare System to get an update on post-Sandy recovery and restoration efforts following the gradual reopening of outpatient services that began earlier this month.

On March 27 he discussed with local VA leadership infrastructure changes to protect the campus from potential future disasters and restore patient services. Restoration of several outpatient services at the Manhattan Campus began March 4. A date to reopen inpatient hospital units has not been established, but the local VA team is moving quickly to return all patient services to Manhattan-area Veterans on or before July 1.

"Veterans deserve to have all their services at the Manhattan Campus restored as quickly as possible, but we want to make sure we get it done right by providing them world-class medical care in a safe environment," Shinseki said.

Recently President Obama signed into law a bill providing supplemental appropriations to respond to and recover from the severe damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, including $207 million for the Manhattan Campus. "This funding represents VA's commitment to do all we possibly can to support Veterans and employees at the Manhattan Campus as we rebuild their facilities and make them better able to withstand any future storms. We thank the President and the Congress for these resources," Shinseki added.

Since the 23rd Street facility is in a flood zone, the facility was evacuated to ensure the safety of patients throughout the storm. In all, 130 patients were moved safely to neighboring VA hospitals, including VA facilities in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Montrose, N.Y. "ur goal is to continue to provide care for our Veterans and restore the medical center to full operating capacity as soon as possible," said Martina A. Parauda, director of the New York Harbor Healthcare System. "W are making significant progress."

he Manhattan Campus sustained extensive flood damage during the storm. Flooding led to catastrophic failure of all the major utility systems that service the building, including electrical, heating, fire protection, elevator, water pumping, and information technology support structure. More than 150,000 square feet of outpatient and support areas were destroyed as well as the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit and other clinical equipment.

For more information about the status of the Manhattan Campus, please visit our home page or call the Veterans Help Line at 1-855-269-8338.

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