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January 25, 2019 News Headlines

President Trump expected to sign bill to temporarily reopen federal government

In a speech at the White House Rose Garden today, President Donald Trump announced his intent to sign into law a three-week stopgap spending bill to reopen federal agencies, bringing to an end the 35-day partial government shutdown. The temporary measure, which the House and Senate are expected to vote on today, would fund the operations of the federal government until Feb. 15, as well as establish a conference committee to resolve differences over the Homeland Security spending bill and funding for the President’s desired southern border wall. Contact: Elyse Oveson


Community Benefit Spotlight – Ellenville Regional Hospital confronts cardiovascular disease

In Ellenville, the age-adjusted rates of ER visits for heart failure are 16.0 per 10,000, three times higher than the county rate and four times higher than the New York State rate. ER visits for hypertension are 47.1 per 10,000, double both the county and state rates. Ellenville Regional Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital serving 13,000 residents, has partnered with community organizations to address these considerable rates.

To learn more about this initiative and its results, read our full story.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Community Benefit Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, addressing regional health disparities and delivering valuable benefits to local communities.


HTNYS announces new board members and 2019 board officers

Healthcare Trustees of New York State is pleased to announce its new 2019 board members:

  • Dawn Burlew, board treasurer, Guthrie Corning Hospital;
  • David Godfrey, trustee, Eastern Niagara Hospital;
  • Donald Quick, board chair, Arnot Health; and
  • Laurence Smith, board chair, White Plains Hospital.

HTNYS is also happy to announce its 2019 slate of officers:

  • Eric Allyn, chairman, HTNYS, and board member, Auburn Community Hospital, Auburn;
  • Robert Spolzino, vice chairman, HTNYS, and trustee, board of overseers, Northwell Health, Long Island;
  • Susan Holliday, secretary/treasurer, HTNYS, and past chairwoman, URMC, Rochester; and
  • Sharon Norton Remmer, past chairwoman, HTNYS, and board member, Long Island Community Hospital, Patchogue.

Contact: Sue Ellen Wagner


HTNYS board members appointed to AHA committees

Susan Holliday, secretary/treasurer, HTNYS, and trustee, URMC, was appointed to the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance. COG is comprised of 28 trustees from across the country that help advise AHA on governance issues facing member hospitals and healthcare systems. Dr. Muhammed T. Javed, board vice chair, Upper Alleghany Health System, was appointed to AHA’s Region Two Policy Board, which discusses important policy issues impacting hospitals and healthcare systems.

HTNYS congratulates Ms. Holliday and Dr. Javed on their appointments and looks forward to them representing New York on these important national committees. Contact: Sue Ellen Wagner


In memoriam: Sheila Taylor

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Sheila Taylor, HTNYS executive assistant.  Sheila worked with HANYS and HTNYS for 10 ½ years. She touched so many of us with her kind and giving nature and was very dedicated to her work at HANYS/HTNYS. Sheila worked closely with many hospital and health system executive assistants on trustee education, including the HTNYS Annual Conference. We will miss her and extend our thoughts and condolences to her family. Contact: Sue Ellen Wagner