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[August 31, 2006]
Brooklyn VA Hospital to Remain Open: Downstate Affiliation Cited by Secretary of Veterans Affairs as Key to Decision


When James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, announced that the Brooklyn and Manhattan VA hospitals would remain open, he noted that the close ties of SUNY Downstate and New York University to the VA hospitals played a key role in his decision.
The "VA is able to provide top-notch health care for veterans thanks, in part, to the cooperation of our SUNY and NYU affiliates," Mr. Nicholson said. The "VA looks forward to continuing our strong working relationships with those partners."
Eugene B. Feigelson, MD, former senior vice president for biomedical education and research and dean of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, worked closely with the Local Advisory Panel examining the issues related to the possible closure of area VA hospitals.
The announcement ended a detailed, two-year examination of the possibility of consolidating the Manhattan and Brooklyn facilities.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the only academic medical center is Brooklyn, Staten Island, or Queens, serving the more than three million residents of the region.