Rep. Maloney hails full restoration of services at Manhattan VA Hospital

May 21, 2013
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) applauded the news that the 23rd Street Manhattan VA Hospital is fully operational after having suffered major flood damage during Superstorm Sandy.  For the past seven months, the hospital has been restoring services and reopening departments gradually, but today the facility announced completion of the first phase of its plan to repair the damages and will be able to provide regular services to its patients.  As part of the federal Sandy Relief package, the Manhattan VA will receive $207 million to repair and redesign the facility.  Celebrating the return of inpatient services, Rep. Maloney said:



“The Manhattan VA Hospital suffered enormous damage from Superstorm Sandy and there were even rumors that it might never reopen.  I commend the staff and leadership of the Manhattan VA for their heroic efforts leading up to and during the storm and for their determination to restore the hospital to full service.   Losing the Manhattan VA Hospital even for these few months has helped underscore just how important it is to New York’s veterans.  Its reopening will make a huge difference to the veterans who have either delayed needed health care or travelled further than usual for treatment. ”  


Background:

The 23rd Street Manhattan VA Hospital evacuated about 130 patients in the days leading up to the landfall of Superstorm Sandy.  The hospital incurred severe flooding damage during the storm, affecting 150,000 square feet of area and destroying electrical, heating, fire protection, water pumping, medical and technological equipment, much of which was located on ground floors.  The $207 million in federal relief aid will be used to build a flood wall for the facility, relocate equipment to higher floors, rebuild clinics that were destroyed on the ground level to higher floors and make ground floor repairs.