Issues: Hospitals

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON THE CORNWALL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT HOURS DECISION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said:  “I am very pleased that St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has decided to keep the Cornwall Emergency Department open 24 hours a day and not pursue an application with the Department of Health for a reduction in hours at this time.  While we are not out of the woods yet on this issue, I look forward to working with all parties to make sure the community and most importantly the patients are represented while the discussions concerning the Cornwall campus occur.”

March 12, 2014
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Strong West is growing

Last week Senator George Maziarz toured Strong West, a growing health care facility operated by the University of Rochester Medical Center.  This site is quickly filling a void in the Brockport community and beyond that was created when Lakeside Hospital closed in 2013.

February 26, 2014
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Senator Young Discusses Lake Shore Hospital on “Your Voice”

Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss her efforts to save Lake Shore Hospital, protect access to quality community healthcare, and restore our state’s economy.

Last month, more than 1,200 people came out to the Rally to Save Lake Shore and raise their voices in support of keeping the hospital open.  They were heard all the way to Albany as we delivered a strong, unified message in support of protecting emergency care, ensuring access to vital health services, and preserving the hundreds of jobs provided by Lake Shore.

February 21, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTEDS STATEMENT ON LICH SETTLEMENT

BROOKLYN -- Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca released the following statement in response to the settlement agreement reached today regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

"We've long urged SUNY and the State to agree to a new, more open RFP process for LICH, to make sure our community and all of Brooklyn have the best possible healthcare outcome.

"And, finally, SUNY has come to agreement with the community and healthcare providers on a process that achieves this basic goal, while offering added transparency and community input.

"Now, it's critical that the process moves forward in good faith and in a timely way, with meaningful community participation from the many neighborhoods that LICH serves. We will continue to work with SUNY, the community, and our colleagues to ensure that LICH continues to provide care, and play the role that Brooklyn needs."

February 20, 2014
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A MINUTE TO SAVE A LIFE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

As a mother and a grandmother, I know there’s nothing better than a newborn baby.  I also know that along with the excitement, comes the feeling of wanting to make sure your little one is as healthy as he or she can be. 

February 18, 2014
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Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera On $8 Billion MRT Waiver

"I commend Governor Cuomo for his relentless work in securing an agreement with the federal government that will allow our state to reinvest $8 billion into our healthcare system.  Not only will this funding be key in allowing our State to improve the quality and access of care for all New Yorkers, but it will also help create a more efficient healthcare system for our State's citizens. These dollars will be essential in repairing the economic strain many of our hospitals face and allow them to continue to provide care to the communities they serve.  This is truly a win for New York."  

February 13, 2014
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State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Secures $300,000 Grant for Operation SNUG, an Innovative Gun and Gang Violence Prevention Program for The Bronx

BRONX - Today a cutting-edge statewide gun and gang violence prevention program – Operation SNUG – received a $300,000 award from State Senator Jeff Klein to operate in The Bronx’s Jacobi Medical Center. The hospital also generously chipped in another $50,000 to the anti-gun violence effort.

February 7, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS RESPOND TO SUNY ON LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca sent the following letter to State University of New York (SUNY) Chairman Carl McCall regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

February 1, 2014

February 1, 2014
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Niagara Falls hospital receives grant to help serve vulnerable populations

Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been awarded $456,635 through the Vital Access/Safety Net Provider Program (VAP).  The VAP, which is administered by the New York State Department of Health, is designed to help enhance health care access for vulnerable populations including frail, elderly, and low-income persons.

January 30, 2014
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BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca released the following statement regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):

"As federal, state and city elected officials, we stand together against SUNY's latest attempt to turn LICH into a luxury condo deal.  As we have consistently said, SUNY, Governor Cuomo, and the NYS Department of Health must support a new, more open, and expedited process to solve the crisis at LICH -- in order to ensure the best possible outcome for Brooklyn.

January 29, 2014
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Babies Will Get Pulse Oximetry Test Before Leaving Hospital

Starting today, the Pulse Oximetry test will be given to every newborn before discharge from the hospital, due to a law signed by Gov. Cuomo that had been promoted by American Heart Association Superheroes.

January 28, 2014
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Sen. Parker Implores President Obama for Capital Infusion for Brooklyn Hospitals via Medicaid Waiver

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Senator Kevin Parker (D 21) describes the magnitude of Brooklyn's health care crisis, its looming fiscal challenges, and requests of the President that Brooklyn receives its $10 billion in waiver money from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) which has not yet been granted. 

Please clink on the pdf link below to view the letter in its entirety. 

File: 
Letter to President Obama re CMS waiver monies for Brooklyn

January 27, 2014
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Petition to Save Lake Shore Hospital!

I support access to quality healthcare in the communities served by Lake Shore Hospital.

I join Senator Young in raising my voice and saying:

“Save our Healthcare! Save our Jobs! Save Lake Shore Hospital!”

January 16, 2014
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Eastern Niagara Hospital creating new ambulatory surgical center in Lockport

Eastern Niagara Hospital is creating an ambulatory surgery center on Transit Road in Lockport to better serve local residents in outpatient setting.  The facility will have four surgical suites as well as pre-operative areas, recovery, and support functions.  Anticipated specialities include orthopedics, plastic/ reconstructive surgery, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, and general surgery.  Today marked the construction kick-off for the $3 million project.  Congratulations to ENH on this expansion!

January 16, 2014
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Rally to Save Lake Shore Hospital

Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us on Saturday in rallying to save our hospital! I sincerely thank you all. With the incredible showing at the rally and your continued support, we have hope we can save Lake Shore Hospital! Keep the pressure on!

January 13, 2014
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Local Leaders React to Cuomo's Tax Plans and Marijuana Stance

by Jim Kenyon

In order to get into the convention center to hear the State of the State, people had to file past a loud group of protesters calling for a ban on fracking for natural gas, and others opposed to the New York SAFE Act which became the centerpiece to last year's speech.

On Wednesday, the Governor talked about creating jobs by relieving the tax burden on employers He wants to reduce the corporate income tax, abolish it all together for upstate manufacturers and put a freeze on property taxes.

Senator Dave Valesky supports the efforts. " We feel very confident that we'll be successful in providing meaningful tax relief to the taxpayers of our state." he told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon.

January 13, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Rally To Save Lake Shore Hospital

The following is a letter sent to my constituents in the towns of Evans and Brant informing them of a rally scheduled to take place this Saturday, January 11th:

Dear Friend,

I am sure you have heard recently on the news that Lake Shore Hospital may soon be closed. This situation is of great concern to me because I believe if the facility were to be shut down it would be a terrible blow to our community, specifically for residents of the towns of Brant and Evans, the villages of Farnham and Angola and the many residents who live in Derby, Irving and other surrounding communities.

January 11, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Senator Young to Hold Rally to Save Lake Shore Hospital

For Release: Immediate, January 3, 2014

Urging the Community to Attend in Force

IRVING - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th Senate District) announced today that she is organizing a rally to save Lake Shore Hospital at Silver Creek High School on Saturday, January 11 at 12:30 p.m.

The public is strongly urged to come to show their support, she said.

Senator Young said that Assemblymen Andrew Goodell and Joseph Giglio are co-hosting the event. Senator Mark Grisanti, Assemblyman David DiPietro, Congressman Tom Reed, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, and County Legislator George Borrello also will take part. The Seneca Nation of Indians, whose Cattaraugus Territory is adjacent to Lake Shore Hospital, will have a large presence. Medical personnel, emergency first responders, employees, labor and the community at large are expected to be out in force.

January 4, 2014
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STATEMENT ON PLAN TO SAVE ST. LAWRENCE PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

For the people of the North Country, the St. Lawrence Psych Center has been a “Center of Excellence” for more than 100 years.  With today’s announcement, we are ensuring it continues to play a central role in delivering that quality and compassionate care, and serving our community.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE GOVERNOR'S PRESS RELEASE WITH DETAILS OF THE NEW SLPC PLAN

CLICK HERE TO WATCH JOHN MOORE'S TV-7 REPORT

Six months ago, the state Office of Mental Health announced that it was transforming mental health services in Northern New York.  And for six months, members of this community—including clients, family members, employees and a far greater number of ordinary, concerned citizens—rallied, petitioned, organized and appealed for a better idea.

We set just three goals: maintaining inpatient mental health services in Northern New York; providing a stronger mental health safety net in our communities, and preserving and protecting critically needed local jobs.

Today, we achieved all three. With today’s announcement, we are assured that North Country families won’t have to endure an hours-long drive through dangerous winter storms to find appropriate care for our loved ones.

December 19, 2013
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RITCHIE SECURES $100,000 FOR FORT DRUM REGIONAL HEALTH PLANNING ORGANIZATION

Funding to Strengthen Health Care System for Ft. Drum, Surrounding Communities 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in special funding for the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) to help strengthen the local health care system in the communities around Fort Drum and support the continued growth and expansion of the post.

“FDRHPO plays a vital role here in the North Country, supporting our troops and their loved ones by ensuring they have access to quality health care,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Quality health care is a big part of the puzzle when it comes to the continued growth of Fort Drum and the surrounding communities.  I’m pleased to be able to secure this funding, which represents an investment in the post and shows the state’s commitment to protecting and strengthening Fort Drum.”

FDRHPO is an agency that strengthens the North Country health care system for Fort Drum soldiers, their families and the surrounding civilian community by connecting the Military Treatment Facility with the regional health care system and evaluating, planning and strengthening the link between Fort Drum community members and quality health care in Northern New York.

December 18, 2013
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