Rochester Regional Healthcare Advocates Hosts Candidate Forum to Discuss Hospital Issues
On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, the Rochester Regional Healthcare Advocates hosted a forum on healthcare issues for candidates running for state and federal office and hospital executives from Rochester, the Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier.
“This event provided us all with a tremendous opportunity to sit down and talk about the big issues in healthcare right now,” said Travis Heider, President and CEO of Rochester Regional Healthcare Advocates. “We appreciate that both candidates and hospital executives were able to come together to discuss the current state of healthcare as well as the specific needs within our region.”
Some of the topics of discussion included capital funding, nurse staffing ratios, the opioid epidemic, telemedicine and BSN in 10, which would require nurses to obtain a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Nursing within 10 years of receiving their initial license. “Research shows that additional training for nurses directly correlates with improvement in patient outcomes,” said Amy Pollard, President and CEO of Nicholas N. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. “I was pleased to see that there was bicameral and bipartisan support for the BSN in 10 bill at the forum.”
Candidates in attendance included Assemblyman Peter Lawrence, Former Assemblyman Joe Errigo, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, Assemblyman Harry Bronson, Bob Zinck, Kenan Baldridge, Senator Rich Funke, Assemblyman Mark Johns, Supervisor Mark Assini, Senator Joe Robach, Patty Larke (representing Congresswoman Louise Slaughter) and Joe Sempolinski (representing Congressman Reed).
Hospital executives in attendance included Amy Pollard (Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital), Deborah Stamps (Rochester Regional Health), Lina Brennan (Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital), Gene Larrabee (Monroe Community Hospital), Michael Stapleton (Thompson Health) and Peter Robinson (University of Rochester Medical Center).
“Rochester Regional Healthcare Advocates appreciates the opportunity to be the conduit between hospital executives and our elected officials,” said Heider, who hopes to make this event a bi-annual discussion.
For more information about RRHA, visit www.rochesterregionalhealthcare.org
Rochester Regional Healthcare Advocates
Rochester Regional Healthcare Advocates is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 advocacy organization whose membership is comprised of sixteen hospitals and their related health systems in the eight counties of Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Yates, Steuben, and Chemung. We advocate for our membership on healthcare and healthcare related legislative and regulatory issues in both Albany and Washington. The Rochester Regional Healthcare Advocates supports the advocacy efforts of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the American Hospital Association (AHA).