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Alzheimer’s Notes: 5 Ways to Promote Brain Health During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Written By Editor on 5/24/22 | 5/24/22

During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging all Americans to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors that can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

There are currently more than 6 million Americans age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s, including 410,000 New Yorkers.

Age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, 1 in 3 seniors age 85 and older will have Alzheimer’s disease. While some brain changes are inevitable as we age, there is a growing body of research to suggest that adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors, including healthy eating, exercising regularly, not smoking and staying cognitively engaged may help us age healthier and help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

“Understanding the role healthy behaviors may play in reducing cognitive decline is a robust area of research currently,” said Beth Smith-Boivin, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Chapter. “Researchers are working to determine what may be the optimal lifestyle ‘recipe’ to reduce cognitive decline, but there are steps we can take now to age well and help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.”

During June, the Alzheimer’s Association offers these five tips to promote better brain health and help reduce the risk of cognitive decline:

Exercise regularly — Regular cardiovascular exercise helps increase blood flow to the body and brain, and there is strong evidence that regular physical activity is linked to better memory and thinking.

Maintain a heart-healthy diet — Stick to a meal schedule full of fruits and vegetables to ensure a well-balanced diet. Some evidence suggests a healthful diet is linked to cognitive performance. The Mediterranean and DASH diets, which emphasize whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fish and berries, are linked to better cognitive functioning, and help reduce risk of heart disease as well.

Get proper sleep — Maintaining a regular, uninterrupted sleep pattern benefits physical and psychological health, and helps clear waste from the brain. Adults should get at least seven hours of sleep each night and try to keep a routine bedtime.

Stay socially and mentally active — Meaningful social engagement may support cognitive health, so stay connected with friends and family. Engage your mind by doing activities that stump you, like completing a jigsaw puzzle or playing strategy games. Or challenge yourself further by learning a new language or musical instrument.

Keep your heart healthy — Recent study shows strong evidence that a healthier heart is connected to a healthier brain. The study shows that aggressively treating high blood pressure in older adults can help reduce the development of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

“Incorporating these behaviors become especially important as we age,” said Smith-Boivin. “But they are good guidelines to follow at any age. Research suggests that incorporating these behaviors in combination will have the greatest benefit, but even if you begin with one or two you’re moving in the right direction.”

To learn more about ways to reduce your risk of cognitive decline by making lifestyle changes, go to alz.org.

Marisa Korytko is the Public Relations Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New York chapter. She can be reached at mekorytko@alz.org.


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Drumming is coming back to Landis!

Written By Editor on 5/23/22 | 5/23/22

Join us at 6:30 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of the month (June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17, September 7 and 21). We’ll be in or near the Peace Pavilion at Landis to drum with leader Art Teale. Art is a dedicated musician (his group is Waitin’ on Bob) and a well-respected handyman in the area who welcomes seasoned drummers and newbies for a fun and relaxing experience. 



Please bring:



A. drum (or a plastic bucket that makes a nice sound when struck), or rhythm sticks or other rhythm instrument
A chair or if you prefer, a lawn blanket to sit on
Water (stay hydrated, people!)
Bug stuff to repel both mosquitos and ticks


Drumming is free for everyone.

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Cobleskill Man Arrested on Child Sex Charges

Cobleskill man arrested for promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child following a search warrant.

State Police Investigators in Princetown, with the assistance of the Troop G Computer Crimes Unit, the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, and Cobleskill Village Police arrested 25-year-old Lucky L. Dorch of Cobleskill for Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (D felony) and Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child (E felony). 

Dorch is accused of possessing and sharing images consistent with child sexual exploitation via the internet. His arrest followed an investigation stemming from a cyber tip received by the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the execution of a search warrant at his residence.   

Dorch was arraigned before the Cobleskill Village Court and was remanded to the Schoharie County Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail, $10,000 bond, or $30,000 partial and conditions.

The investigation into Dorch and his activities is ongoing.  Anyone wishing to report information on Dorch should contact investigators at SP Princetown at (518) 630-1712 or (518) 630-1700.


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SUNY COBLESKILL MEN’S TRACK & FIELD CLOSES SEASON AT 2022 ALL-ATLANTIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Written By Editor on 5/22/22 | 5/22/22

Bethlehem, Pa.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s outdoor track & field team closed the 2022 season at the All-Atlantic Regional Track & Field Conference (AARTFC) Outdoor Championships hosted by Moravian College at the Greyhounds’ Timothy Breidegam Track and Rocco Calvo Field. The Fighting Tigers posted a team total of three points to tie for 36th place in the 55 teams competing at the event.  

Senior jumper Tyler Brado, St. Johnsville, N.Y., Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School, earned All-AARTFC honors at the event by clearing a height of 6’3 ½” to place sixth overall in the event. Brado also competed in the 400-meter hurdles placing 29th overall with a time of 57.52. 

First-year distance runner Eamonn Sullivan, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Fordham Preparatory School, finished 18th overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:56.82.  


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SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers Weekly Recap

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s outdoor track & field team closed the 2022 season at the All-Atlantic Regional Track & Field Conference (AARTFC) Outdoor Championships hosted by Moravian College at the Greyhounds’ Timothy Breidegam Track and Rocco Calvo Field. The Fighting Tigers posted a team total of three points to tie for 36th place in the 55 teams competing at the event. Senior jumper Tyler Brado, St. Johnsville, N.Y., Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School, earned All-AARTFC honors at the event by clearing a height of 6’3 ½” to place sixth overall in the event.  

Fighting Tiger Head Softball Coach Liz Neubinski was selected the 2022 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Softball Coach-of-the-Year by the league’s coaches. Neubinski led the team to the conference’s Western Division Championship with an 11-1 conference record as part of a 15-15 overall record and an appearance in the league’s championship tournament.  

The Cobleskill baseball team swept the 2022 NAC post-season major awards as Fighting Tiger senior shortstop Eddy Garcia, Bronx, N.Y., World View High School, was named the conference’s Player-of-the-Year, first-year catcher/designated hitter Logan Hutter, Smithtown, N.Y., Smithtown West High School, was selected as the league’s Rookie-of-the-Year and junior pitcher Wyatt Palmer, Camden, N.Y., Camden High School/Cayuga Community College was honored as the conference’s Pitcher-of-the-Year.  

Fighting Tiger men’s lacrosse team member junior midfielder William Bockaus, Southampton, N.Y., Southampton High School, was named to the 2022 NAC Sportsmanship Team by the league’s coaches. The Sportsmanship Team honors Student-Athletes in keeping with the conference’s theme of “Creating an Atmosphere of Respect” for each of its sports.  


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Film Screening at Bushel: “La Pointe Courte"

DELHI — Bushel is pleased to screen La Pointe Courte (dir. by Agnès Varda, 1955), on Friday, May 27, at Bushel, 106 Main Street, Delhi. This is the fourth in the Mid-Century Movie Nights six-part series on Friday nights through June 10. This program is free to attend with a suggested donation of $5. Doors open at 7 pm; screening begins at 7:20 pm. Seating is limited to 30; attendance is mask optional.

La Pointe Courte tells the dual story of a marriage in trouble and the daily struggles of the hardscrabble inhabitants of a small Mediterranean fishing village in the south of France. Both the cosmopolitan couple and the working-class community are working out their survival in their own ways. 

In the 1950s there were very few women directing full-length feature films, as they required hefty studio investment and institutional support, typically reserved for men. In this hostile environment, Agnès Varga made her directorial debut with La Pointe Courte on a shoestring budget that she financed on her own. She had no formal training as a filmmaker but used her eye and experience as a photojournalist to blend documentary and fiction, casting both professional actors and inhabitants of the fishing village where she shot the film. A true visionary, Varga incorporated ground-breaking compositional and editing techniques in this film, ushering in the French New Wave to come.

Co-curated by Hobart poet Cheryl Clarke and Bushel collective member Mina Takahashi, the Mid-Century Movie Nights film series offers present-day viewers the opportunity to ponder the weight of the post-World War II era on its generation. From Rome to Tokyo, to the US Southwest, then to France, over to the Indian subcontinent, and back to gritty Manhattan, the films ask us to consider their subjects’ alienation, perseverance, and survival. As we witness the 1950s fascist regimes, exploitative working conditions, the loneliness of ageing, the indignities of poverty, the complexity of racial ambiguity, and the subtle and not-so-subtle ways racism and sexism play out, we ask ourselves today, what has stubbornly endured, and what has changed for the better?

Upcoming films in the series: Pather Panchali (June 3); and Shadows (June 10). Full descriptions of the films are on Bushel’s website (www.bushelcollective.org) and in a pamphlet available for pick up at Bushel, 106 Main Street.

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N.Y. Power Authority Opens Hinckley Boat Launch to Public May 23


UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today that its recreational boat launch at the Hinckley dam and reservoir, along with the site’s fishing access area, will open for the 2022 season on Monday, May 23.

Directional and warning buoys by the power dam spillway are in place.


Located along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365, NYPA built the boat launch in 1985 as a recreational measure in connection with the construction of its Gregory B. Jarvis small-hydro power plant.


Open daily during daylight hours for the boating season, the launch consists of concrete planks extending 250 feet into the reservoir to permit easy access for boaters. The launch will remain open as long as reservoir conditions remain safe for boating.


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A.O. Fox Hospital Nationally Recognized with an "A" Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Written By Editor on 5/19/22 | 5/19/22

Bassett Healthcare Network’s A.O. Fox Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Fox’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

 

“We are incredibly proud of our caregivers and practitioners at A.O. Fox Hospital for continually achieving this prestigious recognition, the only hospital in our region to do so,” says Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “Fox has greatly improved its patient safety practices and is doing stellar work – and our network hospitals are collaborating closely to replicate this work daily, sharing ideas, best practices, and supporting one another. Our colleagues at Fox are reaffirming for all of Bassett Healthcare Network how we reach our shared goal of becoming a national leader in creating healthy rural communities.” 

 

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

 

“These assessments from Leapfrog are rigorous,” explains Dr. Henry Weil, chief academic and clinical officer at Bassett Healthcare Network. “Achieving the highest grade of an ‘A’ is a highly significant feat. Learning how we measure up against hospitals around the state and country is very beneficial to our organization as we continually work to improve safety metrics.”

 

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.


“This recognition represents tremendous work,” says Dr. Reginald Q. Knight, chief hospital executive at A.O. Fox Hospital. “Fox has maintained an ‘A’ hospital safety grade for more than two years amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic – and is performing above the national average with patient safety ratings. I am immensely proud of the dedication our team demonstrates every day. Ultimately, their exceptional performance reflects a deep commitment to our patients and communities.”

 

"As our national health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of A.O. Fox Hospital for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ safety grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

 

To see A.O. Fox Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.


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AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in New York

Written By Editor on 5/17/22 | 5/17/22

The American Pickers are excited to return to New York! They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit  television series throughout your area in August 2022.  

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on The  History Channel. The hit show follows skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable  antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories  behind them. 

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, the Pickers are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten  relics. Along the way, they want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. They hope to give historically significant objects a new lease on life while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the  way. The Pickers have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something  they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.  

We at American Pickers continue to take the pandemic very seriously and will be following all guidelines and  protocols for safe filming outlined by the state and CDC. Nevertheless, we are excited to continue reaching the  many collectors in the area to discuss their years of picking and are eager to hear their memorable stories! 



The American Pickers TV Show is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or  someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the  better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location, and description of the  collection with photos to

americanpickers@cineflix.com or call (646) 493-2184 

facebook: @GotAPick 




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HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH EDUCATE THEIR PEERS TO DREAM OUT LOUD™ AT THEIR ANNUAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Saturday, May 21stis their 20th Annual “Student-Coordinated” Dream Out Loud™ Youth Leadership Conference Located at St. John’s University- D’angelo Center 

(8000 Utopia Parkway Queens, New York 11439) 

That includes presenting the 2022 Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award! 

The vision of The Dream Out Loud™ Conference is to allow several platforms for youth to express themselves while being educated and guided to make healthy choices. Students and staff will be treated to a day of education and interactive entertainment. In addition to presentations, performers, and workshops, breakfast and lunch will be served. “I love being a part of a team that inspires youth to become the best versions of themselves,” states Yonita Roman, one of the teen conference coordinators. 

“One in three high school students reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, a 40% increase from 2009 to 2019”, said Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in a stark warning about the state of youth mental health this past December. “Suicide rates went up during that time by 57% among youth ages 10 to 24. During the pandemic, rates of anxiety and depression have increased… The pandemic has made the issues behind the mental health crisis only worse… This is a critical issue that we have to do something about now," exclaimed Murthy. (https://www.npr.org) 

Sponsors who are passionate about education reform and raising the bar in terms of how we approach inspiring youth to be active leaders in their community, are heeding Murthy’s call. These visionary companies and schools are responsible for creating the platform for youth to be empowered to find their voice and create a difference in their schools and community. Leading the charge is The Eisenberg Leadership Academy and St. John’s University Liberty Partnerships Program, in collaboration with Veritas Academy in Queens, NY, and The Passion Centre out of Toronto, Canada. 

On Saturday, May 21st, at 8:30 a.m, the doors of The D’angelo Center will open to 200 high school youth from around New York City as trained high school leaders will enable their peers in attendance to express themselves and learn about making healthy choices. Each student will have the opportunity to attend workshops involving subjects ranging from mental health in a post-covid world, suicide prevention, building self-esteem, cultural awareness, activating your dreams, and much more. All of the workshops will encourage students to dig deeper into issues that matter to teens today. 

The conference begins with motivational speaker Sandy Sanchez, who appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, and will culminate in awarding The Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award and a multicultural lunch. The Unsung Hero Award is intended to bring light to an individual’s selfless contribution. On September 11th, 2001, as the second plane flew into the World Trade Center, Barbara, with poise and character, sprung from her Wall Street office and into action. After spending six months helping others at the site of this tragedy every single night after work, she developed an illness that contributed to her tireless efforts. This illness resulted in her untimely departure, just 14 months after 9/11.

This year’s Unsung Hero Award goes to Alex Garfield, a successful entrepreneur in the world of fashion and has devoted his life to those less fortunate than him. A long time Board Member of Dress for Success, lead sponsor of the teen focused non-profit Windows of Opportunity, an avid supporter of the youth empowerment company Council for Unity, and founder of Cure by Design, which operates as part of The American Cancer Society, is only the beginning of a long list of lives that Mr. Garfield has impacted. “There is nobody I have ever met like Alex,” states TELA’s CEO, Hal Eisenberg. “Alex lights up a room with his infectious love and truly embodies what it means to go above and beyond for humanity on a daily basis. He is truly one of a kind and pure love. I have never seen anyone walk away from Alex without a smile on their face.” 

Mr. Garfield said, "I used to apologize to my son for letting go of the ‘Peace, Love & Happiness’ and all we had in the 60’s. I told him he and his friends will have to fix it when I’m gone. As my son was growing up, I choose to connect my magical friends who’ve been involved in sharing their magic with kids, so I began to connect the magic. Lately, I tell my son and his friends that my friends and I are going to do all we can to make our world a better place before we’re gone." 

The Dream Out Loud Conference is being held at St. John’s University * The D’angelo Center * 8000 Utopia Parkway * Queens, New York 11439 * May 21, 2022 * Doors Open 8:30 A.M * Opening Ceremonies 9:15 A.M. * The event is FREE. 

ABOUT THE EISENBERG LEADERSHIPACADEMY (TELA) 

TELA is designing a world where youths are taking the center stage and creating positive changes in the areas that most concern them by providing global platforms for youth empowerment and leadership. 

ABOUT ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY LIBERTY PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM 

Liberty Partnerships Programs offer comprehensive pre-collegiate/dropout prevention programs and services to youth in Urban, Rural and Suburban communities. 

ABOUT THE PASSION CENTRE (TPC) 

TPC empowers individuals to identify their passion and employ it towards building a business, career, or lifestyle. TPC believes that people’s passions are the world’s greatest hidden economic and social asset. 

ABOUT VERITAS ACADEMY 

Veritas Academy is a Renzulli school of learning where faculty and staff are committed to finding and igniting the gifts and talents of every student. 



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Jesse Hilson's "Blood Trip" Meet the Author Reading & Book Signing Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 1 PM at The Tulip and the Ros


For Immediate Release
Contact: Beatrice Georgalidis, Executive Director
Treadwell, NY 

Jesse Hilson will read from his debut novel "Blood Trip" and sign books on sale this Saturday, May 21, 2022 at The Tulip and the Rose, 435 Main St, Franklin, NY 13775 at 1 PM. A full brunch menu will be offered.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jesse Hilson is a freelance newspaper reporter and cartoonist living in the Catskills in New York State. His writing has appeared or will appear in AZURE, Maudlin House, Rejection Letters, Misery Tourism, Expat Lit, Apocalypse Confidential, DFL, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of the novel Blood Trip (Close to the Bone UK) and the forthcoming poetry chapbook Handcuffing the Venus De Milo from Bullshit Lit. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @platelet60 and he has a Substack newsletter at cholorohemoglobin.substack.com.
Hilson's Blood Trip is a fast-paced crime novel about jealousy and murder in which a divorced dad goes off the rails and hires a hitman to kill his ex-wife's new husband.
It has been called by crime writer Max Thrax "a delightfully twisted and inventive noir, reminiscent of past masters Thompson, Willeford, and Dan J. Marlowe."

The novel is set partially in the small city of Oylesburg which is a fictionalized location based on Oneonta, NY. This is his first novel. 

To purchase Blood Trip click here.

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Bassett Healthcare Network Campions Healthy Rural Communities with Distinctive License Plate Legislation

Central New York’s Bassett Healthcare Network has proposed innovative legislation to Albany lawmakers to provide additional funding to help overcome critical rural health disparities. The proposal is to offer a distinctive license tag option known as the Feeling Rural Good plate. Proponents pledge the unique license plate, if ultimately approved by the New York State Assembly and Senate, and if signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul, would also significantly raise public awareness about the growing crisis in rural healthcare.

Bills to authorize the aptly named Feeling Rural Good license plate have been introduced by State Senator Rachel May (S. 8616) and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (A. 09748).  The bill is moving swiftly through the Senate, where last week the Senate Transportation Committee reported it to the Senate Calendar for consideration before the full Senate. The bill is expected to pass the Senate before the close of the legislative session on June 2, 2022.  In the Assembly, the bill has been referred to the Assembly Transportation Committee, where it is under consideration.  Bassett and other stakeholders are working with Assembly leadership in an effort to advance the bill in the Assembly.  

“Eighteen percent of New York residents live in a rural community,” explains Basset President & CEO, Dr. Tommy Ibrahim.  “If New Yorkers are going to have any hope of better funding the health care priorities of our families, friends and neighbors, then we are all going to need to find more effective and innovative ways of providing that critical financial support without relying upon severely stretched local, state and federal government funds alone.”

Dr. Ibrahim notes that the Feeling Rural Good license plate would encourage more leveraged and impactful funding to reduce rural health disparities through the type of public-private-philanthropic partnerships the proposed New York tag would promote.

“My bill would provide New Yorkers with the opportunity to voluntarily direct an extra $25 a year to support more philanthropic funding for helping eliminate some of these very challenging rural health disparities in our communities,” explains Senator May.

Assemblyman Santabarbara adds, “Rural communities often face many barriers to accessing health care needs. The Feeling Rural Good license plate program is a creative way to raise awareness and help us close the gaps on these long-standing issues.  As Chair of the NYS Assembly’s Rural Resources Commission, I’ve fought long and hard for more health care options in the rural areas of our state and I’ll always put my support behind initiatives that can help improve access to these important services that all families deserve.”

The two New York lawmakers have proposed that voluntary proceeds from the distinctive license plate go to fund key priorities under the jurisdiction of the New York Department of Health.  The legislation’s funding priorities would focus on 1) expansion of rural school-based health clinics in the state, 2) evidenced-based rural health-related research and education through New York based universities, 3) enhanced physician recruitment in rural areas, 4) improved access to broadband and internet services, and 5) supplemental funding to improve access to hospital, long-term care and home care services in rural communities.

Any qualified rural healthcare provider in the state would be eligible to apply for funding through the New York Department of Health from the Feeling Rural Good plate proceeds, assuming the distinctive license plate becomes law.

An influential coalition of state trade associations are supporting the Senate and Assembly bills.  They include: Iroquois Healthcare Association, Home Care Association of New York State, New York State School-Based Health Alliance, and LeadingAge New York.

“We expect that more support will be coming for the Feeling Rural Good license plate from other groups in the near future,” says Iroquois Healthcare Association President, Gary J. Fitzgerald. “Raising awareness to address the unique needs of upstate and rural health care providers is critical to finding new solutions. Iroquois welcomes Senator May’s and Assembly Member Santabarbara’s legislation as an effective way to accomplish that goal. Directing health care funding to rural providers is critically important to ensure New York’s rural residents have ready access to the care they need,” emphasizes Fitzgerald.  “The Feeling Rural Good license plate would be especially effective because it is voluntarily funded, broadly supportive of rural healthcare providers and continues to raise awareness for this worthwhile and compelling cause.”

“This legislative initiative is designed to help us all ‘feel rural good’ about the quality of healthcare we can make available and provide in the State of New York,” says Senator May.  “I hope my fellow lawmakers and the Governor will agree!”

Note to the Editor:

A representative sample of what a Feeling Rural Good distinctive license plate might look like is included with this release.  The State of New York will most likely create its own version of what a tag might show, if signed into law. This image is for illustration purposes only.

About the Crisis in Rural Health Care:

Rural healthcare disparities exist across the nation in a full array of services including, but not limited to: mental health and addiction, broadband access, workforce limitations, copays and declining reimbursements, health literacy, transportation, elder care, and more.  The Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform notes that 130 rural hospitals have closed over the past decade.  Nineteen closed in 2019 alone with another 20 closing in 2020.  Nine hundred rural hospitals are at risk of closing in the future due to low financial reserves are deep dependence on local taxes and state grants.  It is estimated that 40 percent of all rural hospitals in America are in danger of closing.  

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Celebrating its 100th anniversary June 3rd, Bassett Healthcare Network is comprised of five hospitals and two residential living facilities serving eight counties in Central New York, roughly the geographic size of the state of Connecticut.  Not your typical rural healthcare provider, Bassett hosts comprehensive services in cancer, heart, orthopedics, surgery, and primary care, among others.  More than 20 school-based health clinics are annually funded by Bassett offering some students and their families not only healthcare but dental services and mental health counseling as well.  The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health is also supported by Bassett.  A nine-decades-long academic partnership with Columbia University results in medical residents graduating from the Columbia-Bassett Track with a concentration in rural medicine as well as collaborative research initiatives.  Bassett is nationally-known as a leader in fostering healthy rural communities.  The first bone marrow transplant in the United States was performed at Bassett, as was the first tissue transplant in America.  The physician-in-chief at Bassett for the bone marrow transplant ultimately won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his pioneering work which continued at Stanford University.  Bassett will be hosting the 2022 Conference on Healthy Rural Communities at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown October 31st through November 2nd.  The focus of the 2022 Conference is access in rural communities – what is it and who is doing something good about it?

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To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook at facebook.com/Bassett.Network.


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