Syracuse VA Medical Center Director to Retire - Syracuse VA Medical Center
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Syracuse VA Medical Center Director to Retire

March 14, 2017

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Robert McLean, VAMC, PAO

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Syracuse VA Medical Center Director
James Cody to Retire in April


     Syracuse, NY- The Syracuse VA said today that Medical Center Director James Cody has announced he will retire April 21st capping a Federal Government career of over 40 years…more than 38 with the VA.  He is the longest serving director of the Syracuse VA having assumed the position in January 2000.  A search is underway for a successor. 
     In a message to his employees, Cody said, “Working with the Syracuse family of employees for the past 17 plus years has been, personally, both a privilege and an honor. You have consistently demonstrated to me that you are uniquely special with respect to our efforts on behalf of our Veterans! I very much appreciate your efforts and I thank you for working with me for all these years! I am confident that our Syracuse VAMC will continue with this reputation of “excellence” for many years to come!” 
     The Syracuse VA is a 136-bed general medical and surgical referral center and teaching facility with a 16-bed Acute Care Psychiatric Unit as well as a 47-bed Community Living Center and community based outpatient clinics in 7 surrounding sites in a 13 county region. 
     During his time as Director, Cody has overseen a major expansion of services and facilities to include the construction of a $90 million, 30- bed Spinal Cord Injury Center.  He has had direct responsibility for the successful administration of the Medical Center's total financial and personnel resources with an annual operating budget of $290 million and 1700 employees and the coordination of these resources to meet the health care needs of more than 48,000 Veterans in Central and Northern NY. 
     Cody earned the degree of Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Health Administration from New York University in January 1981 and a Bachelor of Science (BSE) in Health Education from the State University of New York College at Cortland in May 1976. 
     He entered the VA system in July 1978 as a Safety Specialist at VAMC Brooklyn, New York and progressed through positions of increasing complexity and responsibility at the VA Central Office and then at VA Medical Centers in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Lyons, NJ; and Providence, RI.  He was selected to receive the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives in 2009.
     Cody and his wife Lois will continue to reside in Jamesville and he said he plans to remain active in the healthcare, academic and public service community, along with his continuing pursuit of running, golfing and rowing personal bests.