Monday, April 17, 2017

REASSIGNMENT/REORGANIZATION OF THE VA MEDICAL CENTER IN NORTHPORT, NY

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
REASSIGNMENT/REORGANIZATION OF THE VA MEDICAL CENTER IN NORTHPORT, NY
PROPOSED -
NEW COMMUNITY BASED INPATIENT/OUTPATIENT CLINICS - “CBOC’s”:
LOCATION: 
South of the Northern State Parkway & the Long Island Expressway
West of the Sagtikos Parkway & Crooked Hill Rd.
North of the Southern State Parkway & Sunrise Highway
On available acreage at the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center
Property to be made available by New York State via "Eminent Domain" 
- MENTAL HEALTH
- SOCIAL WORK
- REHABILITATION THERAPY
- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
- RECREATIONAL THERAPY
- BASIC MEDICAL PROVISIONS
(2) SEPARATE PARKING GARAGES - (1) FOR EMPLOYEES; (1) FOR PATIENTS
ADJACENT BUILDINGS CONNECTED
UNDER-GRADE TUNNEL CORRIDORS TO CROSS-CONNECT NON-ADJACENT BUILDINGS
FORMAL FRONT ENTRANCE TO EACH BUILDING
EACH BUILDING WITH ITS OWN CONCOURSE ENTRY & CONNECTOR ENTRY SECURITY STATIONS
THE ENTRY CONCOURSE WILL BE ROOFED OVER IN A GLASS ATRIUM STYLE & PROVIDE FOR DRIVE-THROUGH & DROP-OFF



VETERAN & FAMILY DUAL MENTAL HELATH OUTPATIENT CLINIC BUILDING:
  • VETERAN OUTPATIENT SOCIAL WORK, PSYCHOLOGY, & PSYCHIATRY
  • FAMILY OUTPATIENT SOCIAL WORK, PSYCHOLOGY, & PSYCHIATRY
  • VETERAN INPATIENT/RESIDENTIAL PRIMARY CARE
  • BLOOD LAB, PHARMACY, RADIOLOGY, URGENT CARE
  • 3 FLOORS, 40,000 SQ. FT. PER FLOOR, FULL BASEMENT
  • MENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, MENTAL HEALTH SOCIAL WORK, MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, PSYCHOLOGY, & PSYCHIATRY
  • PEER TO PEER COUNSELING
  • COMMON ROOMS / LOUNGES / CAFETERIA
PTSD & DUAL DIAGNOSIS (PTSD/TBI) RESIDENTIAL CLINICS:
  • SEPARATE MALE & FEMALE SECTIONS
  • INTENSIVE THERAPY PROGRAMS
  • 2 FLOORS, 25,000 SQ. FT. PER FLOOR, FULL BASEMENT
  • 45 DAY & 90 DAY
  • PROGRAM SPECIFIC AFTERCARE - INDIVIDUAL AND/OR GROUP THERAPY
  • MENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, MENTAL HEALTH SOCIAL WORK, MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, PSYCHOLOGY, & PSYCHIATRY
  • COMMON ROOMS / LOUNGES / CAFETERIA
RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE CLINICS:
  • ALCOHOL & DRUG REHABILITATION PROGRAMS
  • SEPARATE MALE & FEMALE SECTIONS
  • INTENSIVE THERAPY PROGRAMS
  • 90 & 180 DAY PROGRAMS
  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE ADMINISTRATION, SOCIAL WORK, NURSING, PSYCHOLOGY, & PSYCHIATRY
  • 2 FLOORS, 25,000 SQ. FT. PER FLOOR, FULL BASEMENT
  • COMMON ROOMS / LOUNGES / CAFETERIA
TEMPORARY RESIDENTIAL HOMELESS CLINIC:
  • OPERATING LEASE TO UNITED BEACON HOUSE
  • 3 FLOORS, 25,000 SQ. FT. PER FLOOR, FULL BASEMENT
  • SEPARATE MALE & FEMALE SECTIONS
  • HOMELESS ADMINISTRATION, SOCIAL WORK
  • COMMON ROOMS / LOUNGES / CAFETERIA
PARKING FACILITIES:
  • 2 PARKING GARAGES
  • 2-STORY
  • 1
    50,000 SQ. FT. /  EA. FLOOR
INITIAL PROJECTED COST:
  • $391 MILLION
MORE DETAIL TO FOLLOW............


Sunday, April 16, 2017

FIX THE VA: LONG ISLAND, NY

FIX THE VA: LONG ISLAND, NY
“The demise of the VA Medical Center in Northport, NY”
1) Construct the “Veterans’ Choice Program” so it actually works the way it is intended to.
2) Contract with the Major Healthcare Providers on Long Island to take over the existing Veteran Patient load for the VA Medical Center in Northport, NY. This will be limited to Medical Patients and Services, only.
3) The Veterans’ Mental Healthcare will remain with the VA. The VA will contract with New York State to construct a sizeable Mental Health CBOC on the grounds of the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center in Brentwood, NY. This geographical location is accessible from all major Highways and Thoroughfares on Long Island. There is ample space to construct a new, state-of-the-art Facility on the existing grounds.
4) To ensure that Veterans get their Mental Health care in a safe and secure environment outside of the Private Sector, current VA Mental Healthcare Staff will be augmented with Private Sector Healthcare Staff to ensure full Mental Healthcare coverage for all of Long Island’s Veterans in the confines of the new Mental Health CBOC.
5) Once this new Facility is completed, staffed and running, it will be time for the Federal Government to fully condemn the Facility in Northport and commence demolition of it. The Federal Government will, after all remediation is accomplished, deed the land in Northport to the State for the sole purpose of Parkland.
                                                                         Mapquest, location of Pilgrim State

    Pilgrim State Psychiatric Complex
     







                                                            VAMC, Northport, NY

Friday, April 14, 2017

Letter to the Editor - Newsday

Condemned - Toxic Waste Dump

mold rotting through the ceiling

shards of mold coming through the HVAC vents in the Operating Room Suites
Submission:
Fix the VA                                                                    Friday, April 14, 2017
The VA Medical Center in Northport is on Federal property. There are 250 acres of land available to build a new Hospital with all appropriate infrastructure and new vehicular access from the south of the property. Every other major VA Medical Center in the New York Metro area has been rebuilt. Northport should be no exception. There are 180,000 Veterans in Nassau & Suffolk Counties who could benefit from a $681 million investment for a new state-of-the-art Medical Facility. It will take 1 1/2 years to build, equip, & staff. Then, the 90-year old existing buildings can be demolished; the soil remediated; and the area returned to parkland. The VA has the money! They seem to have found enough for other major capital projects across the Country. Why not Long Island?
Hutch Dubosque, President, PTSD Veterans Association of Northport, Inc.
hutch.dubosque@live.com / dubosquejr@optonline.net
(cell) 631-223-6107 / (home) 631-470-0958

10 Woolsey St., Huntington, NY 11743

NEWS FLASH:

FOLLOW UP:
Martin Evan’s article in Newsday, Thursday, April 13, 2017 -
VAMC Northport - toxic waste dump
$279 million: bringing Northport VAMC "up to code" will require a fleet of very large Bulldozers. Enhanced CBOC's will be the way of the future for Veterans here on Long Island. Even Vinnie Immiti, the interim Director, doesn't want any part of this Hospital. He has chosen to "call in sick" because of this article. There is no Chief of Engineering, anymore; that person has been relieved of his duties and is on administrative leave. Who's next? Perhaps the Chief-of-Staff could take a hike along with the rest of the remaining "brain-trust" at this VA Facility. Unfortunately, if Northport closes its doors, Martin Evans won't have much to write about anymore.

Yes, the new interim Director at the Northport VA Medical Center, Vinnie Immiti, has decided that he will be a "no-show" at this job. He didn't like the newspaper article about the Medical Center in yesterday's Newsday (by Martin Evans, page A10). He reportedly went crying home to his Mommy saying, "The other kids won't play nice with me!"
Markie-Mark Cough-man
Ronnie Brat-Brain

Personally, I would like to see Ronnie Brat-Brain and Markie-Mark Cough-man take the place over. They’ve done such a great job behind the scene for so many years. Perhaps, it's their time to step out of the shadows and into the sunlight. Philly The Fat Man Mo-Shit-A was seen waddling off into the sunset and laughing all the way to the bank on his over-inflated VA pension. 
He was heard to say, as he was leaving town: "Do you miss me, yet?"

Philly The Fat Man Mo-Shit-A

Monday, April 10, 2017

THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE RIGHT JOB!

VA News Release                                                        






04/10/2017 03:59 PM EDT

VA Establishes Commission to Recommend New Under Secretary for Its Veterans Health Administration

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the establishment of a search commission to help identify candidates for the position of Under Secretary for Health of its Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
The Under Secretary for Health manages VHA, the nation’s largest health-care system, which has an annual budget of approximately $61 billion and oversees the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans.
Candidates for the Under Secretary position must be visionary leaders who have demonstrated an ability to conceptualize and implement the VA Secretary’s vision, and are dynamic advocates who can move an ambitious agenda forward to meet the needs of Veterans. By law, the appointment is made without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of demonstrated ability in the medical profession, in health-care administration and policy formulation, or in health-care fiscal management. Additionally, the candidate must possess substantial experience in connection with the programs of VHA or similar content and scope.
The Under Secretary will also be responsible for overseeing the operation of VA’s more than 1,200 sites of care, including hospitals; community based outpatient clinics; nursing homes; domiciliaries; and 300 Vet Centers. VHA is the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research. More than 73,000 active volunteers, 123,000 health professions trainees, and 306,000 full-time, health-care professionals and support staff are an integral part of the VHA community.
The commission, once named, is expected to complete its work by May 22. For more information about this position, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/467194800.







Sent to hutch.dubosque@live.com on behalf of US Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW · Washington, DC 20420

4/11/2017 1:42:19 AM
I HAVE JUST THE MAN FOR THE JOB!