Resolution J2107-2013

Honoring the Syracuse VA Medical Center upon the occasion of its 60th Anniversary Rededication Celebration

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  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 4, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring the Syracuse VA Medical Center upon its
60th Anniversary rededication celebration

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  acknowledge  those
occasions  when  a community asset within our midst celebrates an impor-
tant milestone; and
  WHEREAS, One  such  occasion  is  the  60th  Anniversary  Rededication
Program  of the Syracuse VA Medical Center; the auspicious event will be
celebrated on June 14, 2013, at 800 Irving Avenue in Syracuse, New York;
and
  WHEREAS, The Syracuse VA Medical Center,  a  member  of  the  Veterans
Administration  Health  Care  Upstate  New York, opened its doors at 800
Irving Avenue in Syracuse, New York, on June 14, 1953; and
  WHEREAS, For the past 60 years, the  Syracuse  VA  Medical  Center,  a
106-bed facility, has provided our veterans with comprehensive inpatient
care services that include: tertiary, primary, surgical, cardiac, mater-
nity,  neurological,  mental  health,  rehabilitative,  geriatrics,  and
dental, as well as transitional care with the primary focus on  restora-
tive services; specialized outpatient care programs are also made avail-
able to veteran patients; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2005, the Syracuse VA Medical Center was selected as the
VISN 2 preferred site for the Polytrauma Network Site,  providing  long-
term  rehabilitative care to veterans and service members who experience
severe injuries to the brain; and
  WHEREAS, The Syracuse VA Medical Center has successfully extended  its
reach  and delivery of primary care through a series of community outpa-
tient clinics located in Auburn, Binghamton, Cortland, Ithaca,  Massena,
Oswego,  Rome,  and  Watertown;  these  clinics were established for the
purpose of providing quality and convenient health care services to  our
veterans; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Syracuse VA Medical Center has also maintained a strong
partnership with the  State  University  of  New  York  Upstate  Medical
University;  this  partnership  continues to be of great benefit to both
institutions, as well as the patients receiving treatment at  the  Syra-
cuse VA Medical Center; and
  WHEREAS,  This partnership has helped train hundreds of physicians who
have gone forward in the private medical profession,  in  public  health
and  in  other specialties to help promote the welfare of their patients
and the public at large; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, the Syracuse VA Medical Center has eight  affil-
iated  nursing  education  programs and a physician assistant externship
with LeMoyne College and a long-standing  educational  partnership  with
Syracuse University for field experience  for audiology, speech patholo-
gy and social work students; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2009,  construction began on a six-floor addition to the
Syracuse VA Medical Center to house a  new  spinal  cord  injury/disease
center  with  a therapeutic pool, expanded outpatient services, dialysis
program, and six new operating rooms. The Medical Center continues reno-
vations  for  an  expanded  parking  garage   and   recently   completed
construction  on  a  new  MRI  suite,  heart catheterization suite and a
state-of-the-art emergency department; and
  WHEREAS, The formal dedication  and  official  opening  of  this  new,
outstanding  spinal  cord  injury/disease  center will take place at the
60th Anniversary Celebration of the Syracuse VA Medical Center in  Syra-
cuse; and
  WHEREAS, It is estimated that the area of the State of New York served
by  the  Syracuse VA Medical Center is home to more than 35,000 enrolled

veteran patients; it is further estimated that most  of  these  patients
reside within a 45-minute drive from Syracuse VA Medical Center and rely
on the hospital for emergency medical care; and
  WHEREAS,  The  60th Anniversary Rededication Program was determined to
be an appropriate time to pay tribute to those proud men and women  from
Central  New  York who have honorably served our nation and asked little
in return for their sacrifices, and to  those  men  and  women  who  are
actively  serving  in the military or various reserve units based in our
area; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor and pay tribute to the Syracuse VA Medical Center, its staff, past
and  present,  and  to those individuals and institutions that have made
the Syracuse VA Medical Center an outstanding facility for our veterans,
where they can maintain and regain their health, receive counseling, and
learn about new important health practices; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to James Cody, Director of the Syracuse VA Medical Center.

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