Crowley, NY State Hospitals Lead Discussion on Ebola Preparedness

Oct 23, 2014 Issues: Health Care, In the Community

(Queens, NY) – On Wednesday, October 22, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, in coordination with Reps. Eliot Engel and Charles Rangel, and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), spearheaded a briefing for bipartisan members of the New York Congressional Delegation with eight New York hospitals designated to treat possible cases of Ebola. Last week, Crowley held a discussion with hospital representatives from HANYS, as well as New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center to discuss preparedness efforts.

“Given New York’s position as a gateway to the world, we need to be prepared for the fact that in an interconnected world, we are interconnected when it comes to health as well. This is a very fast-moving situation and our delegation was glad to hear from those who are on the front lines coordinating efforts to prepare for any possible Ebola cases,” said Rep. Crowley. “New York has always been a leader in health care and public health, and I’m proud of our world-class healthcare facilities. I thank all those who joined our conversation today, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue.”  

HANYS President Dennis Whalen, who moderated the call, said, “HANYS and our statewide hospital membership, including the eight hospitals that have volunteered to step forward to prepare to treat potential Ebola patients, are grateful to Reps. Joe Crowley, Eliot Engel, and Charles Rangel for their efforts to stay on top of New York’s hospitals' intensive preparedness work and to commit to working with their delegation colleagues to secure federal support for these ongoing efforts.”

Representatives from the participating hospitals and hospital associations provided an overview of the steps they are taking to prepare in the event of a possible case of Ebola. The members received an update on the various training exercises hospitals are undertaking, as well as discussed resources needed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal emergency preparedness and health care coordination programs.  

For more information about Ebola, please visit www.cdc.gov/ebola.