senate Bill S6237

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Makes an appropriation to reimburse St. John's Episcopal Hospital for costs incurred as a result of remaining open and providing services to the community during and after Hurricane Sandy

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S6237 - Bill Details

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A8618
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Senate Finance
Law Section:
Appropriations

S6237 - Bill Texts

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Makes an appropriation to reimburse St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway for costs incurred as a result of remaining open and providing services to the community during and after Hurricane Sandy.

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BILL NUMBER:S6237

TITLE OF BILL: An act making an appropriation to reimburse St. John's
Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway for costs incurred as a result of
remaining open and providing services to the community during and
after Hurricane Sandy

PURPOSE:

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

An appropriation shall be made from the general fund to reimburse St.
John's Episcopal Hospital for costs incurred as a result of remaining
open and providing services to the community during and after
Hurricane Sandy.

JUSTIFICATION:

St. John's Episcopal Hospital, located in Far Rockaway, in the county
of Queens, remained open and provided services to the community during
and after the storms, rains, or floods which occurred during the
period beginning on October 29, 2012 and ending November 3, 2012 known
as "Hurricane Sandy." As a result of remaining open and providing
services to the community during Hurricane Sandy, St. John's
Episcopal Hospital incurred many additional expenses and losses,
including, but not limited to:

a. uncompensated care that does not meet DMS/HHS criteria for acute
care reimbursement, including providing care for patients requiring
dialysis or a ventilator who do not have a residence, nursing home, or
adult home to return to;

b. providing shelter, clothing, and meals to residents and staff who
lost homes or were temporarily unable to return to their residences.
St. John's Episcopal Hospital provided more than 2,000 meals a day
between October 28, 2012 and November 12, 2012;

c. lost revenue due to cancelled surgery and ambulatory services;

d. lost revenue due to the detoxification unit being closed in order
to provide shelter services;

e. additional staffing and overtime expenditures;

f. electrical technician services, the operation of back-up
generators, and fuel costs for the generators.

St. John's expended the sum of four million three hundred thirty
thousand dollars ($4,330,000) for costs incurred as a result of
remaining open and providing services to the community during and
after Hurricane Sandy. The hospital played a vital role in serving the
community during a natural disaster.

New York State is currently having a hospital crisis and is
experiencing the closing of hospitals from Western New York to Long
Island. St. John's, while dealing with its own financial issues,
became an essential haven in the Rockaways during Hurricane Sandy.


Since the closing of Peninsula Hospital, St. John's is the only
hospital on the Rockaway peninsula serving over 100,000 residents. It
is therefore imperative that the State of New York reimburse St John's
for its outlays caused by its response to the community's needs during
Hurricane Sandy.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

$4,330,000.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6237

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT making an appropriation to reimburse St. John's Episcopal  Hospi-
  tal  in  Far Rockaway for costs incurred as a result of remaining open
  and providing services to the community  during  and  after  Hurricane
  Sandy

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that St. John's
Episcopal Hospital, located in Far Rockaway, in the  county  of  Queens,
remained  open  and  provided services to the community during and after
the storms, rains, or floods which occurred during the period  beginning
on  October  29,  2012  and  ending November 3, 2012 known as "Hurricane
Sandy." As a result of remaining open  and  providing  services  to  the
community during Hurricane Sandy, St. John's Episcopal Hospital incurred
many additional expenses and losses, including, but not limited to:
  a.  uncompensated  care  that does not meet DMS/HHS criteria for acute
care reimbursement, including  providing  care  for  patients  requiring
dialysis  or  a ventilator who do not have a residence, nursing home, or
adult home to return to;
  b. providing shelter, clothing, and meals to residents and  staff  who
lost homes or were temporarily unable to return to their residences. St.
John's  Episcopal  Hospital provided more than 2,000 meals a day between
October 28, 2012 and November 12, 2012;
  c. lost revenue due to cancelled surgery and ambulatory services;
  d. lost revenue due to the detoxification unit being closed  in  order
to provide shelter services;
  e. additional staffing and overtime expenditures;
  f.  electrical  technician  services, the operation of back-up genera-
tors, and fuel costs for the generators.
  S 2. The sum of four million three  hundred  thirty  thousand  dollars
($4,330,000),  or  so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appro-
priated out of any moneys in the general fund of the state  treasury  to

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11501-01-3

S. 6237                             2

the  credit of the state purposes account not otherwise appropriated for
payment to St. John's Episcopal Hospital, located in  Far  Rockaway,  in
the  county  of Queens, for costs incurred as a result of remaining open
and  providing  services  to  the  community  during and after Hurricane
Sandy. The amount hereby appropriated shall be  payable  to  St.  John's
Episcopal  Hospital  on  the  audit  and warrant of the comptroller on a
voucher certified or approved in the manner prescribed by law.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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