Saturday, January 20, 2007

SENATOR COUSINS ENLISTS HIGH RANKING STATE OFFICIALS TO HELP SAVE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AT DOBBS FERRY

I joined Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, other officials and the Minority Leader of the NY State Senate, Malcolm Smith on a bus tour of St John's Riverside Hospital & the Community Hospital of Dobbs Ferry. Senator Cousins deserves credit for encouraging high ranking NYS officials to tour the Community Hospital. If they see the hospital in person it is more likely that the hospital will be saved.
Senator Smith seemed supportive of Senator Cousins efforts. This was an important day for the efforts to save the hospital. On the bus we discussed the fact that there are 296 jobs at the community hospital at Dobbs Ferry. If the hospital closes the largest breast cancer program in Westchester (serving 6,000 patients) will also close. 9,000 emergency room patients will now travel 15-30 minutes further (longer in rush hours) resulting in lost lives. Regional emergency rooms, which are already overburdened and have waits of 3-5 hours will have an increase in wait time. The hospital is actually PROFIT MAKING. Why should the state close down a profit making hospital? This hospital is the fastest growing health care facility in the region. The hospital is also the most efficient and lowest cost facility in the region.
Senator Cousins indicated that she will work hard to save the hospital and that she is in constant communication with high level appointed and elected officials. With her help I think we stand a reasonable chance of being successful! Her approach: Inviting state officials to visit the hospital is the way to go.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What will happen after Ridge Hill opens up?

Anonymous said...

What will happen is there will be more traffic, and it will be harder for anyone in Southern Greenburgh to get anywhere.