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HANYS honors Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer with 2024 Distinguished Service Award

U.S. senator recognized for his long-time support of New York’s hospitals, health systems and the New Yorkers they serve

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer meets with HANYS hospital and health system members in Washington, D.C., in April 2024.

Saratoga Springs, NY – The Healthcare Association of New York State today presented Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) with its 2024 Distinguished Service Award.

“I am privileged to present our highest award to someone all of our members know to be a longstanding and committed champion for New York’s healthcare providers and patients,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “Senator Schumer has always gone the extra mile to support and protect New York’s healthcare providers and preserve New Yorkers’ access to care. His efforts have benefitted the health of Americans across the nation.”  

Sen. Schumer’s extraordinary contributions to healthcare in New York state have spanned decades of public service, including as a New York State assemblymember, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and, since 1998, a U.S. senator.

Throughout his career, Senate Majority Leader Schumer has worked tirelessly to improve healthcare and support providers. He was instrumental in crafting and passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as the ACA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Sen. Schumer was also instrumental in securing the Provider Relief Fund, which delivered essential support to keep healthcare providers’ doors open at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. He continues to be at the forefront of efforts to preserve access to care for patients. A strong supporter of graduate medical education and addressing the healthcare workforce shortage, Sen. Schumer champions the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act in the Senate.

Sen. Schumer’s dedication to supporting New York’s hospitals and health systems continues, undiminished by his intensive responsibilities as Senate Majority Leader. 

HANYS' board of trustees established the Distinguished Service Award in 1979 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding personal service in the healthcare field in one or more of the following areas: patient welfare, hospital administration, residential healthcare administration, local and state healthcare, public service and promotion of legislation to achieve better healthcare. See past honorees on HANYS’ website.


The Healthcare Association of New York State is New York’s statewide hospital and continuing care association, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations. HANYS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation and service to healthcare providers and systems across the entire continuum of care.