Manhattan VA Hospital

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I am fighting efforts by the CARES Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the level and quality of services offered by the Manhattan VA Hospital. The CARES Commission was established to evaluate the existing VA facilities across the country to determine if resources are being used most effectively. However, by closing hospitals and limiting access to health care, we fail in our promise to stand up for the military men and women who have stood up for us. With thousands of veterans waiting six months or more for an appointment at VA medical facilities, I strongly believe that closing or reducing services at VA hospitals is the wrong decision. 

Documents: 

10/26/05 - Letter To Secretary Nicholson Regarding Manhattan VA Hospital

10/25/05 - Report on Impact of Bush's Budget on Vets' Health Care In NY's 14th District

10/03/05 - Letter To Secretary Nicholson Regarding CARES

09/19/05 - Letter To Secretary Nicholson Regarding Manhattan VA Hospital

09/19/05 - Statement of Rep. Maloney on Manhattan VA Hospital

 05/27/05 - Letter To Secretary Nicholson Regarding Manhattan VA Hospital

05/03/05 - Statement of Rep. Maloney on CARES

12/06/04 - Letter To Secretary Principi Regarding Manhattan VA Hospital

02/13/04 - Letter To Secretary Principi Regarding CARES

09/15/03 - Letter To Secretary Principi Regarding Manhattan VA Hospital

More on Manhattan VA Hospital

Mar 18, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY - Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens & the Bronx) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) today called for an overall increase in federal assistance to provide adequate health care for America’s wounded troops at a press conference held at the Manhattan VA Hospital.
Nov 1, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Veterans in the New York area, and perhaps elsewhere, have begun receiving notifications from the Veterans Administration about the possibility that they could be victims of identity theft due to yet another missing VA computer (letter to veterans). Personal data of veterans – including names, Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses – may have been compromised when a computer went missing from the Manhattan VA hospital on September 6.
Aug 11, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) expressed her relief at the announcement by Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary James Nicholson that the Bush Administration will be keeping open both the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals.  Secretary Nicholson cited the excellence of the quality of care at the hospitals thanks in large part to their affiliations with world class medical institutions, and the convenient access for veterans as reasons for keeping both facilities open.
Aug 10, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) urged Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary James Nicholson to use his visit on Friday to the Veterans Administration Hospital on 23rd Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan (the “Manhattan VA Hospital”) to announce that the Bush Administration will be keeping open both the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals (letter to Nicholson).
Oct 27, 2005 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, eleven New York Members of Congress sent a letter to Veterans Administration Secretary Jim Nicholson requesting that the VA keep the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals open and ready to serve New York vets.
Oct 4, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The long-awaited study evaluating options for the future of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Veterans Hospitals was made available to New Yorkers recently and the results were shocking: every option explored in the study was misleadingly found to have the same impact on veterans health care and access to care.
Sep 22, 2005 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) sought answers from Veterans Administration Secretary James Nicholson, after detailing numerous flaws in a study commissioned by the VA that could lead to the wrongful dismantling of medical services at the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA hospitals.
Sep 19, 2005 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) spoke at a public hearing following Pricewaterhouse Coopers's presentation of its study on the feasability of consolidating or closing the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals (Rep. Maloney's statement). U.S. Veterans Administration Secretary Jim Nicholson, acting on the recommendation of the VA CARES Commission, authorized the study, which sets forth and evaluates nine options for consolidating or closing the facilities.

May 31, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, eight New York Members of Congress urged James Nicholson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to keep the Manhattan VA Hospital open and to make access to health care services for New York veterans easier.
May 3, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) challenged the U.S. Veterans Administration under President Bush not to use a newly begun study on possible consolidation of Brooklyn and Manhattan VA Hospitals as a thinly veiled strategy to slash health services to New York veterans for a cash infusion to government coffers (text of Maloney's statement).