Issues: Hospitals

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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Senator Bonacic is Honored at Delhi's O'Connor Hospital as New Atrium is Dedicated in His Name

Senator Bonacic attended a ceremony in his honor at the O'Connor Hospital in Delhi on May 21, 2014 to dedicate the new atrium entrance at the facility which is named for him.  Here is the Senator with Dan Ayres, CEO of O'Connor Hospital.

"It was a wonderful event, said Pete Hamilton, Chairman of the O'Connor Hospital's Board of Trustrees, "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. William Streck, who is retiring, and the community at large for helping to achieve this great success."   

May 23, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #21: Putting More Truth in Advertising

Here’s a straightforward, but deceptively hard question: You’re deciding between two doctors for your upcoming heart surgery. One has advertised as being “board certified” by the American Academy of Cardiology. The other, you learn, was certified by the American College of Cardiology. Which one would you trust with the scalpel? (The answer is at the end of this column.)

If you’re hemming and hawing about your answer, take comfort. You are not alone. It is so easy to get confused about the qualifications of medical professionals – and your life may depend on it.

I believe the medical profession needs more truth in its advertising. I’ve introduced a bill that would protect the patient by implementing four small changes.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Annual Donor Recognition Reception at Orange Regional Medical Center

Senator Bonacic with Scott Batulis, CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center, at the Donor Reception held on April 24, 2014.

April 25, 2014
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Senator Gallivan's Family Health & Safety Fair

Free health screenings & safety information from the following:

April 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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