Issues: Hospitals

Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Room 123 CAP

March 9, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Votes For Family Health Care Decisions Act

The New York State Senate passed the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA) today by a vote of 55-3, empowering family members and others close to the patient to make medical decisions for incapacitated patients.

March 3, 2010
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WNYC: Advocates Believe New York May Be Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana

by Arun VenugopalNEW YORK, NY February 23, 2010 —As of last month, when New Jersey signed it into law, there are 14 states that allow the use of medical marijuana. Some people think New York could be No. 15, and are watching as a bill winds its way through the state Senate and Assembly. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the legislation and the people who would benefit.

March 3, 2010
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Times Union: Medical marijuana effort sprouts again

By RICK KARLIN, Capitol bureauALBANY -- In Capitol parlance, it's known as an "evergreen" -- a bill or idea that seems to sprout up each year, but never blooms into law. While marijuana certainly isn't an evergreen plant, efforts to legalize its use for medicinal purposes have been before the state Legislature for several years. On Tuesday it came up again in the Senate Health Committee, which moved the bill to Codes, the last stop before it could come up for debate.

March 3, 2010
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The Villager: Hospital can’t close

As the clock continues to tick on St. Vincent’s Hospital’s survival, it’s only making it increasingly clear that Greenwich Village — as well as all of Manhattan south of 59th St. — simply cannot afford to lose this key healthcare institution. Without St. Vincent’s, the Lower West Side would have its health safety net ripped out from beneath it. East Side hospitals would be overwhelmed picking up the slack, particularly in emergency room visits, while patients would be at increased risk: Accounts of people

March 3, 2010
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The Villager: Times adds to St. Vincent’s trauma, hospital’s docs say

By Lincoln Anderson As St. Vincent’s Hospital struggles to stay afloat, top physicians at a “visibility rally” Sunday said a main obstacle the hospital is facing is negative media coverage. There was the New York Post editorial earlier this month that urged to “pull the plug” on the Greenwich Village hospital. But even worse, to hear the doctors tell it, have been misleading articles about what is going on at St. Vincent’s as it battles to stave off bankruptcy and keep from closing after more than 160 years of service.

March 3, 2010
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Crain's: Health care lobby prepares to fight calls for big cutbacks

By Barbara Bensonin an ad that began running last week during the Olympics, a pediatrician grimly delivers the line, “Helping New Yorkers lose weight is a matter of life and death.” An offscreen narrator then goes on to lament the sickening rise in childhood obesity, and urges Albany lawmakers to tax sugar-laced beverages.

March 3, 2010
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Legislative Wrap-Up March 1, 2010: Senate Protects Crime/Fraud Victims, Provides Equal Justice & Emergency Care for New Yorkers

The Senate Majority passed a powerful package of bills enhancing civil protections, and providing for increased access to emergency care resources.

 

Today’s legislative package affords broad protections for New Yorkers by:

·         Assisting crime victims in their recovery process;

·         Ensure domestic violence victims can register to vote without fear;

March 1, 2010
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Senate Supports Families To Make Health Care Decisions

The New York State Senate today is expected to pass the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA), empowering family members and others close to the patient to make medical decisions for incapacitated patients.

February 24, 2010
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Senator Duane Hosts a "Save St. Vincent's Hospital" Day of Visibility

On Sunday, February 21st, Senator Duane hosted a "Save St. Vincent's Hospital Day of Visibility" at the McBurney YMCA on West 14th Street at which the Senator and his staff distributed more than 800 posters to be displayed in area businesses and residences.  In addition, those who came to the event signed more than 250 letters to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York State Commissioner Richard N. Daines urging them to do all that is within their power to ensure that St. Vincent's Hospital does not close.

February 22, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Health Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Room 123 CAP

The committee will consider the following nominations: Wellington Y. Liu, MD, Member, Board of Visitors of Helen Hayes Hospital. Martin C. Wortendyke, Member, Board of Visitors of Helen Hayes Hospital.

February 23, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Health

New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell will conduct a joint budget hearing to discuss healthcare funding and the Governor’s proposed cuts to services and programs.

February 9, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and Assemblyman George Latimer co-host the recent Continuing Care Leadership Coalition Westchester Town Hall Forum

SENATOR OPPENHEIMER CO-HOSTS WESTCHESTER TOWN HALL FORUM ON LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE SERVICES

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) co-hosted with Assemblyman George Latimer a Westchester town hall forum addressing state funding for long-term health care services.  The forum, which was organized by the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC), was held on January 15, 2010 at the United Hebrew Geriatric Center in New Rochelle.

February 8, 2010
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February 2, 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: St. Vincent's Hospital

Senator Duane delivers remarks at a town hall meeting regarding St. Vincent's Hospital at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the West Village on January 28th.

"As I told hundreds of stakeholders who turned out on January 28 for SEIU 1199’s St. Vincent’s Community Town Hall Meeting, we need St. Vincent’s Hospital.  We need a full-service hospital and health care facility in this neighborhood and on the lower West Side of Manhattan.  We need the care that St. Vincent’s provides for the people that no one else wants to treat.

January 28, 2010
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SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT NURSES FROM VIOLENCE; Legislation Raises Assault Penalty to Class C or D

           State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that the Senate approved legislation strengthening the penalties for individuals who injure or attempt to injure nurses while on duty.  The bill renders penalty for assault on registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) a class C or D felony.

January 26, 2010
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Sen. Foley & Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Announce Major Funding for State-of-the-Art Breast Cancer Screening Unit

Digital Mammography unit will make breast cancer screening quicker, less stressful, and more accurate

January 26, 2010
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New York Post: Code red looms for St. Vinny's

By CARL CAMPANILE

A rival, powerhouse medical group has proposed taking over and shuttering the 160-year-old St. Vincent's Medical Center in Greenwich Village, which would spell the end of the city's only remaining Catholic hospital, The Post has learned.

Continuum Health Partners -- which operates Beth Israel, St. Luke's and Roosevelt hospitals in Manhattan -- has submitted a plan to assume control of the financially struggling, 727-bed St. Vincent's, sources said.

January 26, 2010
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Senator Duane, Local Elected Officials Demand Preservation of Vital Health Services in West Manhattan

Speaker Quinn, Seantor Duane, Local Elected Leaders Demand Preservation of Vital Health Services in West Manhattan

January 26, 2010
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