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January 8, 2021 News Headlines

Statement by HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD, on the attack on the U.S. Capitol

“Wednesday, our nation watched in horror as the beacon of our democracy, the United States Capitol, was overrun and vandalized by a violent mob during one of our most sacred political processes: the peaceful transfer of power. HANYS strongly condemns that violence and we call on Congress and President-elect Biden to help heal and unite our country – together.”

Read the full statement on our website.


New blog post: Goodbye 2020, hello 2021

Good riddance, 2020. This new year brings hope, optimism and a colossal amount of work. HANYS President Bea Grause’s latest blog post looks ahead to our immediate, near and long-term priorities in 2021.


Sen. Chuck Schumer to be new Senate Majority Leader

HANYS extends congratulations to the 117th United States Congress Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Sen. Schumer has been unwavering in his strong commitment to supporting hospitals and health systems throughout his distinguished career in Congress. Most recently, thanks to his leadership, Congress has passed major provisions into law to help states, hospitals and other healthcare providers respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We look forward to continuing our work with Sen. Schumer in the new Congress, with a hopeful eye toward improving the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers. Contact: Elyse Oveson


Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccine guidance

HANYS continues to monitor the latest rules, regulations and guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in New York state. Visit our COVID-19 vaccine webpage, a hub for all vaccine-related information, updated regularly with the latest guidance and resources to help you navigate this new phase of pandemic response. Contact: Chris Smith


HANYS announces 2021 board chair and officers

HANYS board of trustees announced its 2021 officers and executive committee members. We welcome the following officers:

  • Chair: Bruce Flanz, president and CEO, MediSys Health Network
  • Chair-elect: Michael Spicer, FACHE, president and CEO, Saint Joseph’s Medical Center
  • Secretary: Jose Acevedo, MD, president and CEO, Finger Lakes Health
  • Treasurer: Thomas Carman, president and CEO, Samaritan Medical Center

See the full list of 2021 officers and executive committee members on our website.


COVID-19 highlighted health disparities: Jan. 13 webinar explores why, and what we can do about it

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted stark and troubling health disparities in fatality and hospitalization rates between white and minority patients. On Jan. 13, join HANYS, the University at Albany and Northwell Health for an expert panel session, the first in our Turning the Tide series, focused on examining the extent of minority health disparities amid the pandemic and exploring public health interventions to address these inequalities from a clinical perspective.

This session will also feature an introduction to our Turning the Tide series from HANYS President Bea Grause and UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez.

Register now for this free webinar and visit the series website to learn more. Contact: Kenya James


WCB offering new webinars and resources for healthcare providers

The Workers’ Compensation Board is providing new resources and webinars about its system, OnBoard: Limited Release. Starting this month, it will be offering a monthly webinar for healthcare providers. Register online for the Jan. 20, 12 – 1 p.m., session.

The WCB has also developed an FAQ and fact sheet with additional information for providers. Contact: Vic Aufiero


Member Spotlight: C. R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital supplies skin cancer screening

While mostly non-malignant, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and diagnoses continue to increase. In 2008, the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital began a free annual skin cancer screening for community members to promote early detection. Early detection through annual skin cancer screening is key for ensuring timely management and treatment of the disease.

Read our full story to learn more about this initiative and its results.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Member Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are investing in forward-looking initiatives that improve care quality and health outcomes. 


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