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June 22, 2018

For Immediate Release:

Statement By Bea Grause, R.N., J.D., President of HANYS Regarding Hospital Staffing

HANYS strongly opposes the Governor’s plan for the Department of Health to set staffing levels in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

It is precisely what we have warned against – having government officials make decisions best left to expert medical professionals.

The latest evidence-based research underscores the importance of having highly-skilled teams for providing care. Nurses are vital members of these teams, but so are doctors, technicians and aides. Prioritizing one member of the team over another, either through regulation or legislation, would take New York backward on patient safety.

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