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      Syracuse VA Hospital unveils new Spinal Cord Injury facility

      Secretary of Veteran's Affairs Eric Shinseki cuts ribbon at new spinal cord treatment facility.

      United States Secretary of Veteran??s Affairs Eric Shinseki was in Syracuse today to officially unveil the new $90 million spinal cord injury treatment facility at the V.A. Medical Center.

      It took about four years to complete the facility, which six floors and several state-of-the-art treatment areas.

      The facility also includes some new places for veterans to relax, including a recreation area with a basketball hoop and a putting green, and a new rehab area with a physical therapy gym area and a therapy pool.

      Secretary Shinseki says these new spinal cord injury programs set the Syracuse V.A. apart.

      ??Today we??re officially opening a facility that sets a high bar in spinal cord injury treatment and makes Syracuse V.A. Medical Center a regional hub for this kind of specialized care,?? Secretary Shinseki said.

      The unveiling of the new facility included a Flag Day color presentation and also coincided with the V.A. Medical Center??s 60th anniversary.