Issues: Hospitals

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 29, 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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Senator Valesky Partners with Oneida YMCA and Red Cross for Blood Drive

SYRACUSE--Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is partnering with the American Red Cross for a special “Communities That Care” blood drive on Friday, June 27, from 12:00 p.m.

June 23, 2014
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Gottfried-Krueger Maternal Depression Legislation Passes Both Houses, Will Help New Mothers and Families

Sen. Krueger and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried today announced the unanimous passage of legislation in both the Senate and Assembly that would provide education and promote screening and treatment-referrals for postpartum depression and other maternal depression disorders (S. 7234B / A. 9610B). Despite the widespread nature and severity of maternal depression, our healthcare system has had no system-wide screening and referral procedure.

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Griffo Bill To Help Utica-Watertown Region

ALBANY – The New York State Senate passed a bill (S.3468) Monday that would provide an additional $573,794 in funds to the Utica/Watertown region for job training in the health care industry.

June 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Ceremony to Unveil O'Connor Hospital Atrium, Named in His Honor

Senator Bonacic attended a ceremony at the O’Connor Hospital in Delhi on May 21, 2014 to dedicate the new atrium entrance which is named in his honor.  “It was a wonderful event,” said Pete Hamilton, Chairman of the O’Connor Hospital’s Board of Trustees (not pictured).  “We are so appreciative of the support from Senator Bonacic over the years, and we believe this was the appropriate way to honor him.  Our sincerest thanks to Senator Bonacic, Dr.

June 11, 2014
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At Start of Summer and Beginning of “100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers,” Klein, Crespo Push for Passage of Legislation Curbing Underage Drinking

BRONX, NY -  The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, marks the unofficial start of summer – but it also marks the beginning of what is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Underage drinking continues to be a chronic problem in New York City with nearly 1,800 summonses a year issued by the NYPD for sales of alcohol to minors. 

May 23, 2014
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