Issues: Hospitals

Preliminary Legislative Highlights - 2015 Legislative Session

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2015 Health and Budget Highlights.pdf

July 30, 2015
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Stony Brook Children's Installs Final Beam At Topping Off Ceremony

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined the Stony Brook University community for a special “Topping Off” Ceremony for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.  At the event, cheers were heard as a crane installed the final beam needed to complete the frame of the major building project on the Stony Brook Medicine campus.

Before the ceremony, the final beam was signed by patients, families, donors, elected representatives and Stony Brook Medicine leadership.

July 28, 2015
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO PROTECT FORT DRUM, STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

Investments Highlight Strong Army-North Country Partnership

July 7, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Ceremony Marking St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center's New Affiliation with Trinity Health

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured next to Trinity Health CEO Richard Gilfillan, St. Joseph's Hospital President Kathryn Ruscitto, Assemblyman William Magnarelli and Assemblyman Ale Stirpe. The ceremony marked the first day of St. Joseph Hospital's new affiliation with Trinity Health.

July 2, 2015
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Celebration of Hope at UB Stadium

Amherst, NY - Senator Mike Ranzenhofer joins hundreds of advocates, patients, survivors and doctors for Roswell Park's Celebration of Hope at UB Stadium.

June 26, 2015
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Legislature passes bill sponsored by Griffo that would help better understand epilepsy-related deaths

ALBANY – The New York State Senate and Assembly on Monday passed legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi that would require death certificates to include whether someone suffered a sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy.

June 15, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC GREETS MEDICAL STUDENTS FROM TOURO COLLEGE OF MIDDLETOWN

Senator Bonacic  was pleased to meet and speak with medical students from Touro College’s Middletown Campus today in Albany. The students were in Albany as part of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society’s lobby day. The Middletown campus opened its doors to students in August of 2014 and trains those students in a holistic approach to the practice of medicine. With several major hospitals surrounding the college, Touro students are well positioned to continue their work serving the residents on the Hudson Valley after they graduate.

April 28, 2015
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AARP Thanks Senator Valesky for Voting to Pass CARE Act; Assembly Likely to Take Up

ALBANY, New York – Critical help for millions of family caregivers across New York took a giant step toward reality this week when the State Senate – with the support of Senator David Valesky - unanimously (59-0) passed the CARE Act, legislation to support family caregivers as they safely help New Yorkers age at home.

The Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable Act ensures hospital patients can designate a family caregiver and requires hospitals to offer that caregiver instruction and demonstrations of medical tasks they are being expected to provide for their loved ones at home, such as administering multiple medications, dressing wounds, and operating medical equipment.

April 23, 2015
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SQUADRON, SIMON BILL TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY INPUT WHEN HOSPITALS ARE THREATENED PASSES CMTE

"LICH Act" Passes in Bipartisan Vote, Moves to Finance Committee

Squadron: No Community Should Experience The Chaos We Did At LICH

ALBANY – Today, the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act -- which would establish a clear, transparent, and community-oriented process when hospital closures are threatened -- passed the Senate Health Committee in a bipartisan vote. The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

April 22, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Meets With New York Association of Licensed Midwives

Senator Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) had a productive discussion with the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) today, April 21, in his Albany office. This conversation focused on legislation affecting midwives, access to high quality low cost maternity care, as well as the important role midwives play in the care of infants and mothers.

April 21, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Welsomes Nurses and Students to Albany

Senator  Bonacic met with nurses and students in his Albany office today as part of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Lobby Day.  The most important issue discussed was safe staffing in hospitals. The conversation also focused on the practice of nursing, and the vital role that nurses and students play in our everyday lives.

 

 

April 21, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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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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