Late Breaking News
Manhattan VA Resumes Full Services After Storm
WASHINGTON—The VA New York Harbor Healthcare System’s Manhattan campus has announced it is fully operational after undergoing months of repair in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The facility was temporarily closed due to storm damage in October.
“I am thrilled to announce that the Manhattan VA is back to full operating capacity,” said Martina A. Parauda, director of the medical center in a written statement.
The facility had sustained extensive flood damage. According to the VA, flooding caused failure of all the major utility systems that service the building, including electrical, heating, fire protection, elevator, water pumping, and information technology support structure. Outpatient and support areas as well as clinical equipment also sustained major damage.
In the aftermath of the storm, veterans were receiving care at other VA facilities in the area. In addition, mobile clinics were also located at the Manhattan VA Medical Center in the immediate aftermath of the storm. While outpatient services were restored at the site in March, inpatient services are now back, in addition to the emergency department and operating rooms, according to VA.
“The staff and veterans have been tremendously supportive during this time and as promised, we are back to serve,” said Parauda in a written statement.
Earlier this year a bill was signed into law that included $207 million for the recovery of 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,” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said of the funding in April.
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