- Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) - The head of a Long Island veterans hospital that’s been plagued by crumbling infrastructure and low staff morale is quitting after a year on the job.

Newsday reports that Scott Guermonprez announced his resignation Friday in an email to staff at Northport’s VA Medical Center.

Guermonprez cited “personal and family reasons” for his July 12 departure. He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by acting chief of staff Dr. Cathy Cruise.

She’ll be the fourth director in less than two years.

Guermonprez, a retired Air Force colonel, took charge of Northport in June 2017 after three years in the leadership at an Albany VA hospital.

He quickly replaced Northport’s medical, nursing and engineering directors, but was criticized for lacking vision to solve problems such as leaking roofs and bad roads.

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