April 20, 2011




Legislator Richard Nicolello is proud to announce the grand opening of the new VA Clinic of East Meadow at Nassau University Medical Center.  This new Veterans Clinic, which has been fourteen years in the making, will provide state-of-the-art medical care for Nassau County’s veterans. The clinic is centrally located and veterans will no longer have to travel to Northport or St. Albans, Queens to get the care they need.

“Our veterans provided invaluable service to our country when called upon,” said Legislator Nicolello. “This is our opportunity to give back to them.  The new health clinic located at the NUMC campus will provide the quality healthcare that our veterans deserve.”  The Mental Health section of the Clinic opened on March 29, 2011, and the Primary Care Clinic opened March 30, 2011. 

Legislator Nicolello was joined by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Legislator Gonsalves, Legislator Joseph Belesi, Legislator Francis X. Becker, Legislator Rose Walker as well as NUMC and VA administrators. Special thanks were given to NUMC President and CEO Arthur Gianelli for donating the 11,000 square foot building on the NUMC campus for the new clinic location. The new clinic contains a state-of-the-art triage center, 14 new exam rooms, and exemplary doctors dedicated solely to Nassau veterans. The clinic is expected to serve 5,000 veterans every year.

Shown in the photo above from left to right are: NuHealth President & CEO Art Gianelli, Commander, VFW Post 2736 member Salvatore Pellegrino, County Executive Edward Mangano, Legislator Norma Gonsalves, Legislator Joseph Belesi, NUMC Chairman Craig Rizzo, Legislator Nicolello and Legislator Rose Marie Walker.