House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Veterans Affairs:
HVAC to Examine Deficiencies at Northport VA Medical Center
WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. ET at the Northport VA Medical Center in Northport, N.Y., the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold an oversight hearing to examine problems at the Northport Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The committee has been investigating a series of issues at the Northport VAMC over the past year. In mid-February, the facility closed its five operating rooms after black particles started falling from its ventilation ducts. Chairman Miller wrote Secretary McDonald in July to inquire about numerous aspects of the facility’s alleged deterioration, including flooded pedestrian tunnels, damaged roofs, vacant buildings and a ruptured cooling tower.
Last month, a 76-year-old veteran committed suicideon the grounds of the Northport VAMC, where he had been a patient. Although Northport officials have said there is no evidence the veteran was denied treatment prior to the suicide, two people close to the hospital told the New York Times that “he had been frustrated that he was unable to see an emergency room physician for reasons related to his mental health.”
The purpose of this hearing is to examine the publically-reported problems at the Northport VAMC, identify any other issues that may exist at the facility and give VA a chance to share its plan to address these problems.
The following event is open to the press:
WHO: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, September 20, 2016
WHERE: Northport VA Medical Center Auditorium, 79 Middleville Road, Northport, N.Y. 11768.
Note: The witness list will be released at a later date.