Released: 4/3/2020 3:52:53 PM
Kaleida Health today released a statement regarding Governor Cuomo’s executive order involving personal protective equipment and medical supplies like ventilators.
Jody L. Lomeo, president and CEO, said, "Our disaster planning and implementation for the coronavirus over the past 3-4 weeks has been based upon the State’s daily request for preparedness and the expectation that the surge is coming, and in particular, to Western New York.
"We have been following the State’s lead in "preparation for the apex of the curve." That, the experts say, is anywhere from 1-3 weeks away. No one knows exactly when it will hit us.
"Our current situation is manageable and our 100% capacity surge plan - at the State’s request - is achievable. This all happening at the same time that we are still taking care of hundreds of other cardiac, stroke, pediatric and emergency patients on a daily basis.
"Hoping for no surge here or a promise of reimbursement for ventilators in the future - at time of great uncertainty - would be irresponsible. I cannot jeopardize our workforce and the very patients that we are responsible to care for.
"As I have said and will continue to say, we are always willing to help our neighbors, but not at the expense of the community that we are accountable for.
"So today, I stand shoulder to shoulder with our physicians, nurses and staff to oppose this executive order that is designed to pit upstate versus downstate. In a time of crisis, we do not have the luxury of spending time on public fights and mandates like this.
"Instead, I would welcome and encourage us all to develop a more collaborative plan that doesn’t jeopardize lives and result in further chaos and panic.
"Of note: I also serve as chair-elect of the Greater New York Hospital Association, so I am acutely aware of the plight that my colleagues from New York City are currently in. My heart goes out to them. However, our community does not need the real or perceived implications that our supplies and equipment are going to be diverted downstate.
"Moving forward, we will continue to do everything in our power to protect the health and wellness of Western New Yorkers.
"We have a responsibility here in this community. We will be helpful where and when we can, but not to the detriment of the hard working staff and the patients that trust us for their care. It’s as simple as that."
As of 1:00 p.m. today (April 3, 2020):