The legacy of:
Scotty “Lock The Door” Guermonprez
Vinnie “Three fingers” Immitti
Philly “The Fat Man” Mo-Shitt-A
Robert “The Shyster” Schuster
ETC., ETC., ETC......
Coming soon! Watch for this posting on the fences surrounding Bldg.’s 1 &2
And, this from the NY Times:
Schumer Calls for Emergency Funds for Long Island Veterans’ Hospital
By ARIELLE DOLLINGER APRIL 9, 2018
“We have an emergency here, worse than most other places,” Senator Chuck Schumer said outside the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island on Monday
Johnny Milano for The New York Times
NORTHPORT, N.Y. — When the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center was built early in the 20th century as a haven for psychiatric and tuberculosis patients, the cooling system consisted of fans and open windows. Today, in several buildings on the 268-acre campus, things are not much different.
“We have an emergency here, worse than most other places,” Senator Chuck Schumer said outside the troubled Long Island facility on Monday. “It’s hard to believe, but the dog days of summer are on our doorstep, and to do surgery and treatment, you need a temperature that’s relatively temperate.”
Mr. Schumer called for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington to cut an emergency check for the replacement of the heating, cooling and ventilation systems across the medical center’s campus, where failing units have forced the cancellations of surgeries for weeks and months at a time.
Senator Schumer, Democrat of New York, helped negotiate a bill, signed into law that allocates $4 billion to veterans’ hospitals across the country. Northport needs $15 million of that, Mr. Schumer said.
The air-conditioning unit in the main hospital is 12 years past its expiration date, according to a statement from Mr. Schumer’s office. Among its other needs is an HVAC unit for four second-floor rooms that are intended to house patients with infectious diseases.
Several more buildings on campus need new HVAC units, including Building 5, which has had three failed HVAC units for over four years, and Building 7, in which the units are infested with rats and inoperable, the statement said.
As recently as February, Mr. Schumer said, the center shut five operating rooms, postponing 18 surgeries, because of HVAC problems. In 2016, the medical center closed its operating rooms for four months because particles from the HVAC system were blowing into operating rooms.
“Can you imagine, if you’re a veteran, or a family member of a veteran, you desperately need an operation, they say, ‘We can’t do it,’ not because the doctors aren’t there, not because you don’t deserve it, but because the HVAC system is so deteriorated that gunk is blowing into the operating room,” Mr. Schumer said.
Scott Guermonprez, the director of the Veterans Affairs center, previously served as director of the center in Albany. A Northport native who spent 30 years in the Air Force, he assumed the Long Island post in June after Philip C. Moschitta retired, amid an investigation into the center’s shortcomings. A spokeswoman for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs confirmed on Monday that the congressional investigation was continuing.
“Most V.A.s are set up as a tower, like a single tower structure, that has almost a million square feet in one building,” Mr. Guermonprez said. “We have 72 buildings and 1.4 million square feet spread across the campus.”
The Northport center also has a new chief of engineering, Mr. Guermonprez said, and is hiring people with the necessary skills and abilities to make improvements. Replacing heating and cooling systems now comes with a fringe benefit, he added: energy efficiency.
Standing on Monday near the temporary cooling system installed behind Building 11, Mr. Schumer started, “We’re here at this great facility”.
He paused, then corrected himself. “I shouldn’t say great,” he said. “I should say, ‘this very necessary facility.’”
With articles like this in mind, and there have been many over the years, when Senator Chucky “Photo Op” Schumer calls for $15 million in maintenance aid to this facility, he is not talking about upgrading anything at that price. $15 million just about covers the D-9 Bulldozers needed the knock the entire place to the ground. Another $15 million would be needed to haul off the debris, and yet another $15 million to effect any soil remediation needed.
Before you do any of the preceding actions, the entire hospital would need a new home; either leased, or built. You would be talking another $300 million to start that ball in motion. For a mere $729 million (out of a $186 Billion annual VA budget), VA could build a new high-rise hospital at the Northport site or in Brentwood, and the whole project could be up and running inside two years. If they insist on placing Band-Aids of the existing structures, the entire campus will implode within ten to fifteen years. This would be literally like applying a Band Aide to a sucking chest wound.
This could easily have been averted if anyone in power at VA Central, VA Regional or VA Northport actually gave a shit, and had done the right thing. The bulk of the blame falls squarely on the “hospital Director”. If the hospital does not ask for the maintenance funds, dollars don’t miraculously fall from the sky into the maintenance budget. It looks like things haven’t changed a bit despite all the rhetoric and gum-flapping to the contrary.
The hospital management, over the years, thought it more appropriate to take full advantage of the formula that dictates their annual bonuses. When you show Washington that you are “saving” money, your bonus gets a nice little shot in the arm (ref. the Federal Register for the formula).
Please be advised, the Joint Commission still calls this place a hospital.
Well, wouldn’t you know it? The weather is starting to warm up. You know what that means! Our little Shangri-La will be wanting some hospital grade air conditioning. Oh, what could possibly go wrong this year?
Hey, VA! This is how you do Air Conditioning.
as seen in Newsday...
VA MEDICAL CENTER NORTHPORT, NY / U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TOM SUOZZI
ARE HOSTING A TOWN HALL MEETING
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018
CANCELLED DUE TO
OUR FEARLESS LEADER’S PARANOIA.
THANK YOU, SCOTTY!
“The ‘Chatty’ Chronicles”
Word on the street has it that “Chatty” Cathy Cruise (soon to be hospital Director) is running around touting all the planned capital improvements in the pipeline. She has glossy color renditions of the final projects, which include, but are not exclusive to: 1) a new Emergency Room, 2) a new Intensive Care Unit, 3) a new PTSD treatment Unit, 4) completion of the Dialysis Unit & Ambulatory Surgery Unit - both under construction for the past ten years, 5) brand new campus-wide state-of-the-art Security System, 6) a private/public partnership to construct an Assisted Ling Complex for Veterans, 7) Valet parking area on the footprint of Bldgs. #1 & #2 after their demolition, 8) reconstruction of all the campus highways and byways. For good measure, she has a short list of more buildings to be condemned and demolished (Pool/Rec. Bldg., Bldgs. #5, #7, #11, #65, and more. All this in a 5-year plan! There isn’t a Management person at this hospital who can change their underwear in 5 years let alone tackle what “Chatty” is trying to sell. “Chatty” Cathy, et alia, must be smoking whacky weed. They don’t have the cash to do this, either. Even if they found the cash, they would fuck it up.
Oh, and catch this load of crap!
Every Service Department and every Employee will be consolidated into Bldg. #200. This is their way of dealing with toxic 90-year old buildings. But, wait...Bldg. #200 has its own toxicity problems, so they are throwing everyone from the frying pan into the fire. But, wait again...where are all these Services and Employees going to fit in Bldg. #200? I guess they will simply have to cancel all non-essential Services and fire employees.
Will the Joint Commission still
be able to call this Facility a hospital?
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:
“THE PALACE COUP”
And, are you all ready for your next hospital Director? Let’s take a look at “Chatty’s” qualifications:
Associate Chief of Staff, Rehabilitation Medicine and Extended Care
Northport VA Medical Center
MY LITTLE GIRL DOESN'T LIKE YOU VERY MUCH!!!