Hospitals

In a 2 to 1 vote, nurses at Albany Medical Center have chosen to unionize.

 

The hospital said in a release early Saturday morning that in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, Albany Med nurses voted to accept representation by the New York State Nurses Association for purposes of collective bargaining. 

Senator Charles Schumer
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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will be making stops in the region Friday.

Senate Minority Leader Schumer is scheduled to visit Gloversville in Fulton County at 1 p.m. The Democrat is expected to address cuts to federal programs that benefit rural hospitals. Schumer says if Congress does not renew payments through the Low-Volume Hospital and Medicare-Dependent Hospital programs, Nathan Littauer Hospital will lose more than $1 million in federal aid.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the federal government and the state’s congressional delegation to prevent steep cuts to a program that provides funding to financially stressed hospitals.

Health Alliance Becomes Part Of WMCHealth

Mar 31, 2016
Courtesy of WMCHealth/Health Alliance

Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, effective immediately, is a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.

RN, Theresa Brown,  is a frequent contributor to the New York Times opinion page and a leading voice on healthcare as seen from the nurse's perspective. Her new book, The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives, is a firsthand account of what nurses do day in and day out and looks to open our eyes to the intense, frustrating, and often joyful profession that is really the heart and soul of any hospital. 

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Now that Ebola has been confirmed in Texas, community hospitals in upstate New York say they’re prepared for any potential cases of the disease.

Saratoga County, home to one of the fastest growing populations in New York, is also seeing an expansion of healthcare services.

According to the most recent U.S. Census, between the year 2000 and 2010, the Saratoga County population rose 9.5 percent, from 200,635 to 219,607, outpacing many of New York’s largest cities and population centers.

With that growth has also come an increased demand for healthcare services.

In late February, Saratoga Hospital cut the ribbon at its new Milton Health Center, located on Geyser Road in Ballston Spa.

8/13/13 - Panel

Aug 13, 2013

  Today's panelsists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union

Topics include:
Bulger Verdict
Drug Sentences
Stop and Frisk
Bigger Hospitals and Bills
Taxes
SUNY Grads
Lord & Taylor Returning to the Capital Region

A hospital in Western Massachusetts is making employee layoffs as other health care providers in the region are trying to find solutions to challenges in recruiting and retaining physicians.

The Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield this week informed the Massachusetts Nurses Association union that the hospital will cut up to 9 positions among its medical-surgical nursing staff. It will also redesign up to 4 other various positions to accommodate the changes in personnel.

Connecticut’s Public Health Department says reports of wrong-site surgeries in state hospitals increased by 62 percent last year, while the number of patient deaths or disabilities resulting from surgery or falls also rose.

The report that covers 2011 also says reports of patients suffering from serious pressure ulcers — or bed sores — declined 39 percent.

The Adverse Event Report says reports of patients who had surgery performed on the wrong body part increased from eight in 2010 to 13 last year.

A new report assesses the visitation policies of acute care hospitals across New York.

The report: “Sick, Scared and Separated from Loved Ones” scored the flexibility and amount of visiting hours and the website information about visitation at the hospitals.  St Peter’s Hospital in Albany ranked highest overall. St Peter’s Health Partners Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Brodbeck.

The report found  that eleven hospital websites posted information on a patient’s right to choose their visitors.