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

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  • 04 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013

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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;
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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