St. Albans Primary and Extended Care Center - VA Primary Care Facility, NY

VA Primary Care Facility
Linden Blvd and 179th St
St. Albans, NY 11425
Department of Veterans Affairs

Phone: (718) 526-1000 / (718) 298-8498
Fax:  (516) 569-3566 

Externship Supervisor
Murray Fingeret, OD
Email: murray.fingeret@va.gov

Additional Faculty
Maria Bosco, OD

Program Description
St.  Albans is a hospital-based primary care facility that provides care to both outpatients and inpatients. The majority of patients examined are outpatients who tend to be elderly, male and have a host of systemic and ocular conditions. Glaucoma, macula degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are encountered daily as are a host of external conditions. Since there is only consultative ophthalmology at this facility (one-half day per month), all care is rendered, at least initially by Optometry. Many of the patients have some form of ocular disease, which leads to extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. Still much of the care provided is for comprehensive examinations that include refraction, dilation, and ordering of eyeglasses. The extern will use and become experienced with an electronic patient record system. Also, the extern has the opportunity to become familiar with a host of different technologies (Optic Nerve Imaging, Pachymetry, Fundus photography) and is encouraged to become proficient with each. The extern completes the examination form including the assessment and management plan for each patient and then discusses the case with the supervisor.

In addition to Dr. Fingeret, Dr. Maria Bosco is the attending on Fridays.  Also, there will be one resident at the site. The St. Albans VA Primary Care and Extended Care Facility and VA Medial Center, Brooklyn are part of the New York Harbor Health Care System (NYHHCS). Free shuttle service is provided between the two facilities.

Housing

Not provided

Equipment Required

Handheld equipment, white clinic jacket and SUNY ID

External Rotations

No

Directions to Clinic
By Car
From Brooklyn
Belt Parkway East to Farmers Blvd exit. Make left turn at the traffic light (Farmers Blvd), follow to Linden Blvd. Make a left at the light onto Linden. Follow Linden Blvd. to the second traffic light (179th St.) and make the left into the facility.

From Eastern Long Island (South Shore)
Take the Southern State Parkway West to the Linden Blvd exit. Follow Linden to 179th St. Turn left into the facility.

From Eastern Long Island (North Shore)
Take Long Island Expressway to Cross Island Parkway South. Follow Cross Island to Linden Blvd exit. At the traffic light, make the right onto Linden. Follow Linden to 179th St. Turn left into the facility.

From the Bronx
Whitestone Bridge to the Whitestone Expressway to the Van Wyck South. Exit at Linden Blvd. Make Left onto Linden. Follow Linden to 179th St. Turn right into the facility.

From JFK Airport
Van Wyck Expressway North to Linden Blvd Exit. Make a right at the light onto Linden Blvd. The major cross streets you will pass along Linden before reaching 179th street are Suphtin Blvd, Guy R Brewer Blvd, and Merrick Blvd. The hospital is about 1 minute past Merrick Blvd. The entrance is on the right at the light at 179th Street.

From La Guardia Airport
Grand Central Parkway East, to Van Wyck Expressway South then exit at Linden Blvd. Make Left onto Linden. Follow Linden to 179th St. Turn right into the facility.

By LIRR
LIRR to Jamaica Station, walk across the street and catch the Q6, Q8 or Q9. At the Jamaica Bus Depot, transfer to the Q4 (Cambria Heights) bus, This stops on Linden Blvd right in front of the building at 179th Street.

By Subway
E train to Jamaica. Transfer to the Q4 (Cambria Heights) bus. This stops on Linden Blvd right in front of the building at 179th Street.


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