Thomas K. Duane's posts related to Health

An Educational Panel: What Are Our Options Post-St. Vincent’s?

In the wake of the devastating closure of St.


Democrat and Chronicle: ‘Presumed consent’ idea for organ donation stirs debate

Cara Matthews – Gannett Albany BureauLocal News – June 21, 2010 - 5:00am

ALBANY — A Westchester County assemblyman whose daughter is a two-time kidney transplant recipient wants to flip New York’s organ-donation system on its head by presuming people are donors unless they indicate otherwise.

“What we have in New York is a completely failed system,” said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh.


NEW YORK TIMES: Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End

Excerpt from Jane E. Brody's August 24, 2010 New York Times column citing the Palliative Care Information Act, which Senator Duane sponsored and Governor Paterson signed into law.


August 24, 2010

Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End


Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Urgent Care Coming to Manhattan's Lower West Side via North Shore-LIJ and VillageCare’s Announced Partnership

Finally, after much advocacy and hard work, The North Shore-LIJ Health System (NS-LIJ) has announced a plan, in affiliation with VillageCare, to operate a 24-hour urgent care center at 121A West 20 Street on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. I and the community expect that the proposed facility will provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art urgent care possible and that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) will quickly approve the project.  That said, actions speak louder than words.  Nothing can be taken for granted.  We must remain vigilant until this facility is operational and we can be sure that it is providing the same level of high-quality, culturally sensitive care to all who need it regardless of their ability to pay.