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May 15, 2012

Statement from Healthcare Association of New York State President Daniel Sisto

On the Doctors Across New York Program

ALBANY, N.Y. – "HANYS has been and continues to be a strong advocate of the Doctors Across New York program, which we believe can help ameliorate the serious physician shortage facing many communities throughout New York State.

"In January we released our annual physicians' survey report, The Doctor Can't See You Now, which outlined the severity of the physician shortage in underserved communities throughout the state. Sixty-six percent of responding hospitals indicated there were times when the physician shortage left their emergency department without coverage for certain specialties, requiring the transfer of patients to other hospitals for treatment. In Western New York, that number was 82%.

"We thank the Independent Democratic Caucus in the New York State Senate for their ongoing support on this issue and for putting the Doctors Across New York program in the forefront during this legislative session.

"We thank the Legislature for their passage of reforms in this session, and the Department of Health for quickly pulling stakeholders together to refine the process. Incentive programs like this have been proven to attract physicians to areas in need, and keep them there. We look forward to seeing the next round of awards, and the difference this program will make in our state's under-served communities."

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William Van Slyke - (518) 431-7770

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.

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