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Audio Transcript: Expanded Services for Veterans
By Brenda Koopsen SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Veterans with spinal cord injuries or other disabilities such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) can now receive increased access to health care. The Syracuse VA Medical Center is continuing to expand its programs and services.
The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Center, which opened in 2013, will now accommodate more patients.
“We were just authorized very recently to expand the number of beds that we have in that center,” spokesperson Robert McLean said. “That center serves veterans who have spinal cord injury issues either a result of an injury or a condition like MS or ALS.”
He said the center is also looking for the best nurses and other medical staff to work there, which is a challenge.
“Those kinds of medical professionals are very highly desired, and so we’re in the midst of a campaign to recruit those kinds of special positions,” McLean said.
The center is one of the last additions to be located at the main facility. McLean said one of the main problems at the VA hospital is the limited space to expand. He said they have used a leasing approach to bring in more services and programs.
“It has been very successful,” McLean said. “A little more than a year ago we opened up a major clinic, which was a lease that we did in Binghamton, and we doubled the size of our clinic down there.”
McLean said since the opening of the clinic in Binghamton, patients do not have to travel all the way to Syracuse. McLean suggested that veterans enroll in VA health care.