Released: 4/7/2020 5:09:48 PM
On April 7, Governor Cuomo signed his latest executive order, “Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency,” which is designed to cover dozens of issues and parts of State law and help the State manage through the coronavirus crisis.
In particular to Kaleida Health is the section involving medical equipment (personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators) and supplies.
In short, he announced a "real-time" solution for all hospitals and healthcare systems in the state.
So, let’s lay to rest all of the rumors and talk about seizure of equipment and continue to focus on the task at hand: beating COVID-19. This announcement gives all of us clarity and comfort in a time of unease and anxiety. That’s good news.
Here is how it would work: All equipment and supplies will remain in place until redeployment is needed. If – and only if – redeployment occurs, the State Department of Health (DOH) and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) will work with providers to rapidly code and transport equipment. The sending hospital will be notified of the location of its ventilators when they reach their destination to facilitate a smooth return.
So this is a “real-time” program, as in hours. They are not taking the supplies now for stock piling purposes; they are not taking 20% of our inventory now and sending downstate.
Having a collaborative plan like this ensures that equipment and supplies (like ventilators) are available for everyone, regardless of geography. And they only move when an urgent need arises. That could be here in Buffalo, down in the Southern Tier, over in Niagara County or anywhere else in New York State. It all depends on the surge or apex that may occur in a community or region.
Since Friday, the team and I have worked non-stop with Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), HANYS, the State DOH and the Governor's team to find a solution that works for everyone.
We believe this announcement strikes the right balance. So, this should give great comfort to all of you – our hardworking providers, nurses and staff who are battling the coronavirus every day in our hospitals, long-term care, home care, clinics and throughout the community.
To see the Governor’s full executive order, you can read it here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20214-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
Thank you for your support on this important issue, and thanks for all of your hard work these past few weeks. By fighting this pandemic together, I am confident we will be victorious.