Syracuse VA nursing home one of nation’s highest rated!

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse VA Medical Center operates one of the highest-rated nursing homes in the VA system nationwide.

The Department of Veterans Affairs this week publicly disclosed for the first time annual ratings for its 133 nursing homes. The ratings range from one star, the worst, to five stars, the best.

The Syracuse VA’s nursing home on the eighth floor of the hospital is one of 34 VA nursing homes nationwide that get five-star ratings.

The Syracuse VA nursing home has 41 patients.

“This five-star rating is a reflection of the hard work of our staff and their dedication to providing our resident veterans with a comfortable, safe and home-like environment combined with excellent medical care,” Dr. Judy Hayman, director of the Syracuse VA, said in a prepared statement.

Here are ratings for other VA nursing homes in New York: Batavia, five-stars; Bronx, four-stars; Jamaica, four-stars; Albany, three-stars; Buffalo, three-stars; Hudson Valley, three-stars; Northport, two-stars; Canandaigua, two-stars, Montrose, two-stars; and Bath, two-stars.

The VA said it will release the star ratings annually as part of an effort to be more transparent and help veterans make health care choices.

NY suspends former VA doc accused of sexually abusing patients in Watertown!

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Dr. Jerome F. Cuyler, 74, of Sackets Harbor.(Provided photo)

By James T. Mulder

jmulder@syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A doctor accused of sexually abusing patients at a VA clinic in Watertown has been temporarily barred from practicing medicine in New York.

The state Board for Professional Medical Conduct ordered Dr. Jerome F. Cuyler, 74, of Sackets Harbor, to stop practicing until it completes an investigation of misconduct allegations against him.

Cuyler sexually abused seven adult male patients during “prolonged and inappropriate” prostate and genital examinations, according to court records.

He was charged April 5 with fourth-degree aggravated sexual abuse, a felony; six counts of forcible touching, a misdemeanor; and five counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor.

Officials of the Syracuse VA Medical Center, which oversees the clinic, have said they immediately suspended Cuyler from clinical duties after learning of the allegations and subsequently fired him in 2016.

But Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has questioned the VA’s handing of the case. In a letter to the VA Gillibrand asked why Cuyler was allowed to continue working at the clinic for six weeks after he was accused of sexual abuse.

She gave the VA a deadline of April 27 to respond in writing to her questions about the case. The VA is still working on its response, according to Gillibrand’s office.

Gillibrand has said the VA Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Attorney’s Office asked the Syracuse VA to hold off on reporting Cuyler to the New York state medical licensing officials after he was fired.

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