Veterans Town Hall Meeting to be Held in Binghamton, New York - Syracuse VA Medical Center
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Syracuse VA Medical Center

 

Veterans Town Hall Meeting to be Held in Binghamton, New York

January 13, 2016

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Robert McLean, VA Medical Center Public Affairs Officer
315-425-2422 (O) 315-956-1394 (C)

Syracuse VA Medical Center to Host Town Hall Meeting in Binghamton

Meeting will feature an overview of the plans and progress underway for the new Binghamton Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Syracuse VA Medical Center Director James Cody, and key members of the Medical Center Staff as well as the staff of the Binghamton VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, will host a “Town Hall Meeting” on Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 from 11 am to 1pm, in the Decker Conference room at the Broome County Public Library. The Library is located at 185 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901. 

The meeting will feature an overview of the plans and progress underway for the new Binghamton Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) which is currently under construction. The new, 25,000 square foot CBOC will be located at 203 Court Street, in Binghamton, New York.  The facility currently occupies approximately 9,500 square feet in the Garvin Building on the campus of the Greater Binghamton Healthcare Center.  The new facility is expected to be completed and operational on the fall of 2016.                             

“The Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Binghamton currently provides health care to approximately 4,200 Veterans.  There are approximately 17,000 Veterans in and around Broome County.  While not all of those Veterans would need or be eligible for VA health care under current eligibility guidelines, we want to continue to reach out to those who need and desire care…in order to do that, we need more capacity”, said Richard Kazel, External Medical/Surgical Care Line Manager for the Syracuse VA. 

Kazel commented that the new facility will allow for significant expansion of specialty care and services already provided at the current location.  He said that new services will in large part be dependent on the needs of an expanded number of Veterans the clinic serves.  “Our overall goal is to provide as many services as possible to our Veterans in their community to eliminate, where possible, the need to travel to the Medical Center in Syracuse”, he concluded.         

This listening forum and open dialogue will allow Veterans, their family members and other stakeholders to learn more about the new clinic and have questions answered regarding VA services. 

Question regarding the event may be directed to Robert McLean, Syracuse VA Medical Center Public Affairs Officer at 315-425-2422 or by e-mail at Robert.mclean@va.gov.