New York Medical College Announces Academic Affiliation with Beckley West Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
NYMC has a longstanding relationship with the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System and is expanding its ties with the VA through this new affiliation.
Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A.
Vice President of Communications
New York Medical College
New York Medical College and Beckley Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center announced an academic affiliation designating Beckley VAMC as a teaching site for NYMC’s medical education program
Valhalla, NY – November 20, 2014 – For the purposes of enhancing education, research and patient care, New York Medical College (NYMC), Valhalla, NY, and Beckley Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Beckley VAMC), Beckley, WV, today announced an academic affiliation designating Beckley VAMC as a teaching site for NYMC’s medical education program.
NYMC has a longstanding relationship with the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System and is expanding its ties with the VA through this new affiliation. Sharing common principles of integrity, commitment and excellence, both NYMC and Beckley VAMC will mutually benefit from this affiliation as both institutions strive for the highest quality of health care. With Beckley VAMC as a partner, NYMC will be better able to provide outstanding clinical care and service to the community; incorporate the latest advances in medical knowledge into health care practices; and improve patient care at its clinical affiliates through advances in education and research.
“At New York Medical College we are interested in developing innovative programs in rural primary care medicine for those students desirous of this type of experience. This partnership provides a unique educational program while further demonstrating our commitment to veteran’s health care - a commitment established via our longstanding and continuing association with VA Hudson Valley Health Care System ,” said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer, NYMC.
With a mission to honor America's veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and well-being, Beckley VAMC strives to foster a collaborative, integrated environment that supports learning, discovery and continuous improvement. Beckley VAMC is a 40-bed general medical and surgical facility with a 50-bed community living center. The medical center is a Joint Commission accredited complexity level III rural access facility which provides inpatient and outpatient services to more than 14,700 Veterans in 11 counties in southern West Virginia.
“The leadership and staff at Beckley VAMC is extremely excited to work with the New York Medical College in providing students with a unique educational experience in rural primary care medicine,” said Karin L. McGraw, M.S., FACHE, director, Beckley VAMC.
About New York Medical College
Founded in 1860, NYMC is one of the oldest and largest health sciences universities in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 15,000 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers advanced degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Practice. The College manages more than $36 million in research and other sponsored programs, notably in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, kidney disease, the neurosciences, disaster medicine, and vaccine development.
With a network of affiliated hospitals that includes large urban medical centers, small suburban clinics and high-tech regional tertiary care facilities, NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities throughout the tri-state region for medical students, residents, and other health providers.
About Beckley Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The Beckley Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) opened to the doors to the Veteran population on March 1, 1951. Beckley VAMC is a 40-bed general medical and surgical facility with a 50-bed community living center. The medical center is a Joint Commission accredited complexity level III rural access facility which provides inpatient and outpatient services to more than 14,700 Veterans in 11 counties in southern West Virginia. The community living center offers skilled nursing care, post-acute rehabilitation and restorative care, palliative care, and respite care for eligible Veterans. In addition to providing primary care, specialty care, and mental health service, the medical center also operates a home based primary care program, a mobile outpatient clinic, and a community based outpatient clinic. For more information, visit www.beckley.va.gov.