Issues: Hospitals

2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR RIVERA ANNOUNCES THE REPEAL OF A LAW THAT WOULD CAUSE UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN THE BRONX

(Bronx, NY) - Today, Senator Rivera announced that the Health and Mental Hygiene budget bill (S.2007-B/A. 3007-B), which passed with 60 to 1 vote, contained a provision to repeal state law that would require potential health facilities projects in Bronx County to undergo a public forum process to authorize its construction.  The portion of the law that was repealed was passed as part of the 2014-2015 budget in an effort to obstruct the development of a Montefiore facility in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

April 1, 2015
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State Budget Addresses Local Opioid Crisis

Improvements coming to WCA that will increase addiction treatment services, alleviate jail overcrowding

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I– Olean) has delivered a $350,000 capital grant in the state budget to establish a supportive housing program at WCA Hospital’s Jones Hill site in Jamestown.

 

“The new program will be a big step towards addressing the region’s opioid and heroin epidemic, placing people with addiction problems in a specialized housing facility instead of the county jail,” Senator Young said.

 

March 31, 2015
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Senator Parker Calls for a Burn Unit in Brooklyn in Letter to Mayor de Blasio

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

Contact: Kassandra Mayhew | mayhew@nysenate.gov | 718-629-6401 | 718-629-6420 fax

March 27, 2015
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Breaking News: St. James Mercy Hospital receives critical transition funding ~ Listen to Sen. O'Mara's reaction on AM 1480 WLEA

below from the March 27th Hornell Evening Tribune:

HORNELL — St. James Mercy Hospital has been awarded $7.5 million under the Health Facility Restructuring Loan (HFRL) program.

The interest-free loan, which is jointly administered by the Dormitory Authority of New York State (DASNY) and the New York State Department of Health, will allow the hospital to continue providing services after March. St. James Mercy Hospital has been relying on funding under the Interim Access assurance Fund (IAAF) since July 1, 2014.

March 27, 2015
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Lawmakers Announce Legislation Helping New Yorkers Who Suffer from Chronic Wounds

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

Contact: Kassandra Mayhew | mayhew@nysenate.gov | 718-629-6401 | 718-629-6420 fax

March 18, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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SIMON, SQUADRON, STRINGER ANNOUNCE BILL FOR GREATER COMMUNITY VOICE AND THOROUGH HEALTH CARE ASSESSMENT IN PROPOSED HOSPITAL CLOSURES

Would Require Improved State Process in Wake of LICH Closure

Simon-Squadron Bill Based on Longstanding Stringer Proposal

BROOKLYN – Today, elected officials, patients, community members, and healthcare workers  announced the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act, which would establish a clear, transparent, and community-oriented process when hospitals are threatened.

December 16, 2014
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Cuba Memorial Hospital Receives $3.3 Million in Support from New York State

For Release: Immediate, December 4, 2014

Funding follows designation as a Critical Access Hospital

CUBA- Senator Catharine M. Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced great news for the region following Cuba Memorial Hospital’s completion of the hospital’s final mortgage payment. The mortgage payment comes as a result of the hospital receiving state support of just over $3.3 million under its designation as a Critical Access Hospital.

December 4, 2014
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Staff at Jones Memorial Hospital Receive Enhanced Training Through Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

For Release: Immediate, October 30, 2014

Strengthened Training and Skill Development Will Improve Hospital Services

Allegany County residents who rely on the care provided at Jones Memorial Hospital, the only full service hospital in the county, can look forward to better healthcare services. Improvements are being made as a result of training assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), along with the New York State Hazard Abatement Board.

“This is great news for everyone in the Wellsville region. Jones Memorial is a major employer that provides care to families and residents from all over the area. The desire at Jones Memorial to continue improving services, and equip employees with the skills and training to provide the best care possible, speaks to their vision and dedication,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

October 30, 2014
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Valesky bill to cover equipment and supplies for ostomies signed into law

SYRACUSE—This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law S.7893, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which requires every insurance policy to include equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the abdomen, caused by many different conditions, including cancer, bowel disease, birth defects and injury. Different kinds of ostomies are named for the organ involved, such as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

September 25, 2014
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Ellenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary's 49th Annual Luncheon at Eagle's Nest, Bloomingburg

Senator Bonacic attended Ellenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary's 49th annual luncheon at the Eagle's Nest Restaurant.  Here he is with Hospital board member, Dr. Julius A. Collins, Jr., and his wife, Vernice. 

September 9, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends St. Joseph's Surgical Tower Ribbon Cutting

Senator David Valesky attended the ribbon cutting for the new Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse on September 4, 2014. The Surgical Tower offers innovations in health care, use of technology, and “green” design.

September 4, 2014
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Senator Parker Announces Support For New Mothers And Their Families

(Brooklyn, NY) - Senator Kevin Parker today announced new support by New York for post-partum services to new mothers and their families. The legislation signed into law today was introduced by Senator Liz Krueger, cosponsored by Senator Parker and five other Senators, and passed both houses of the Legislature with bi-partisan support.

August 7, 2014
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Joint Statement from Senator George Maziarz, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, and Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey

As state and local representatives, it is our responsibility to fight for the best interests of the people of our community.  Eastern Niagara Hospital has experienced financial difficulties that have forced the organization to explore downsizing proposals ranging from the reduction of service to fully closing the Newfane Hospital. 

August 6, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Steven Kelly, President and CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital

Senator Bonacic met recently with Steven Kelly, President and CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital who outlined the details of the layout of the new Neil Calman MD, Medical Arts Pavilion, and the hospital's new expanded services. The Medical Arts Pavilion, scheduled to open in January, 2015, will be 7500 square feet in size, and cost $3.2 million dollars.

 

July 29, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Tours New Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Senator Bonacic toured the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown, on July 29, 2014.  Here he is with Senator Bill Larkin; Nan Hayworth; Dr. Kenneth Steiner, Dean; and Dr. Ron Israelski, Director of Academic Affairs, ORMC.  

July 29, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Tours New Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown

Senator Bonacic toured the new Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine on the site of the former Horton Hospital in Middletown, on July 29, 2014 and wished the first year students good luck on their second day of medical training.

July 29, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Assists With Ribbon-Cutting to Unveil Catskill Regional Medical Center's $5M Renovation Project

Senator Bonacic assists with the ribbon-cutting ceremony at CRMC on July 1, 2014 to celebrate the completion of the hospital's $5M renovation to its nursing station and hospital rooms which will provide more privacy and comfort to patients.

 

July 2, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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