May 28, 2020
Our community, hospitals and healthcare workers have endured an extraordinary period over these past ten weeks–– facing challenges unimagined during the distant first days of 2020.
While there have been modest ups and down in hospitalizations over the past several days in our region, the numbers suggest we have entered the long-awaited transition of a phased reopening from New York’s Pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s announcement this week that WNY had met the metrics for a phased economic re-opening is indicative of the progress made.
We have worked with you –– and with our partner HANYS –– to assure bed expansion, PPE distribution, ventilator sharing and redeployment of staff. We will now be working during this transition period on the emerging front-burner issues that affect your operations and your ability to deliver the finest healthcare possible to the people of this region. Two items, in particular, are pressing at this time:
- State and Federal Funding: State budget cuts because of revenue shortfalls would be disastrous for communities generally and hospitals alike. Our advocacy is focused on mitigating any State budget cuts. We are likewise working with our HANYS colleague in Washington –– Cristina Batt –– to ensure that federal fund distributions make their way to WNY and that any new funding legislation addresses the continuing financial needs of our hospitals.