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State to study proposal to mandate minimum staffing levels for nursing homes, hospitals

State to study proposal to mandate minimum staffing levels for nursing homes, hospitals
Healthcare officials are searching for a solution to apparent understaffing problems in many of the worst-rated nursing homes in Western New York. Residents in some of those facilities often wait a long time for assistance for basic needs. A state-mandated proposal to hire more employees in hospitals and nursing homes, in order to improve care, has now been set aside... more

Reed, O’Mara, Palmesano hosting roundtable in Penn Yan on Mental Health services

Reed, O’Mara, Palmesano hosting roundtable in Penn Yan on Mental Health services
Representative Tom Reed, State Sen. Tom O’Mara, and State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will host a community roundtable, “Crisis in Care: Mental Health Services in Rural Communities,” Monday, April 22, in Penn Yan. The roundtable will be held in the Yates County Auditorium (Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan) beginning at 10 a.m. The media and public are... more

Constellation Brands betting big on marijuana legalization

Constellation Brands betting big on marijuana legalization
One of the area’s largest employers is making moves in the marijuana business. Late last year, Constellation Brands invested billions in a Canadian-based marijuana company and now it wants to make sure it gets first dibs to take a bigger stake in it as that company grows. Last fall, News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke traveled to Canopy Growth in Ontario,... more

State, local officials investigating Lyons McDonald’s restaurant after worms found in drink cups

State, local officials investigating Lyons McDonald’s restaurant after worms found in drink cups
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the State Health Department are investigating reports that customers at a local McDonald’s restaurant found worms at the bottom of their drinks. Two of those patrons spoke with RochesterFirst.com – recounting their experiences. On March 7th college student Samantha Giles went to the Lyons McDonald’s drive-thru after classes. When she finished her meal –... more

Company behind Sodus Nursing Home facing challenges at another facility

Company behind Sodus Nursing Home facing challenges at another facility
The company that owns a nursing home at the center of a News10NBC investigation is now facing a new set of regulators. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have put Personal Healthcare LLC on its watch-list. Personal Healthcare LLC owns Sodus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. As News10NBC has been reporting, the NYS Health Department has issued dozens of health... more

Changes could be coming to organ donation system in NYS

Changes could be coming to organ donation system in NYS
State officials are marking National Donate Life Month with a stark statistic: Nearly 9,500 New Yorkers are currently on waiting lists for donated organs that could save their lives. A lawmaker from Western New York wants to help make it easier for those in need of a life-saving organ. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is dedicated to signing more... more

As NYC considers banning pre-hire marijuana screening: Could that legislation come Upstate?

As NYC considers banning pre-hire marijuana screening: Could that legislation come Upstate?
Many job-seekers would no longer face tests for marijuana use under legislation that New York City is likely to enact, taking a novel step as lawmakers and employers around the U.S. grapple with workplace policies about pot. The Democrat-led City Council passed a measure Tuesday that would ban pre-employment testing for the drug, with certain exceptions. Supporters see the measure... more

Police: Marijuana laced with fentanyl found in Upstate NY

Police: Marijuana laced with fentanyl found in Upstate NY
Police in upstate New York are warning of dangerous street drugs after marijuana laced with fentanyl was confiscated in a parking lot and three people were found unconscious in a car in a separate incident. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says marijuana confiscated in a Walmart parking lot in the town of Thompson Monday tested positive for fentanyl, which has... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing access to medical and mental health care for vets in the Finger Lakes

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing access to medical and mental health care for vets in the Finger Lakes
What do you know about the VA Health System? If you’re like a lot of people – particularly not in the VA community – the answer might be not much. That said, there’s a lot to know about the services provided at local VA clinics. Particularly, those in the Finger Lakes, which are providing unmatched services to those who have... more

CDC warns against spread of ‘super fungus’

CDC warns against spread of ‘super fungus’
The CDC is warning about a potentially life-threatening super fungus spreading across the nation, including New York. Candida Auris is a potentially deadly, difficult to treat infection. The most vulnerable patients are those in hospitals and nursing homes. The superbug has hit countries like Venezuela, Spain, Britain, India, Pakistan and South Africa in the past five years. Now the Centers... more

Gov. Andrew Cuomo backs letting terminally ill seek life-ending drugs

Gov. Andrew Cuomo backs letting terminally ill seek life-ending drugs
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he would sign legislation allowing people with a terminal illness to seek life-ending medication from a physician. The Democrat said Tuesday on public radio's WAMC that he knows the topic is "difficult" for many people and that his support would depend on the details of the legislation. But he said it's an issue that... more

Study: More children, teens seeking mental health help at emergency rooms

Study: More children, teens seeking mental health help at emergency rooms
New numbers show an alarming rise in children and teens turning to the emergency rooms for help because of suicidal thoughts and attempts. Using data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Case Survey, which was conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, JAMA Pediatrics found that 1.2 million young people sought help for such thoughts at emergency... more

Finger Lakes Health names Jeff Morgan CFO

Finger Lakes Health names Jeff Morgan CFO
Jeff Morgan has been named treasurer and chief financial officer for Finger Lakes Health. The appointment was announced by Jose Acevedo, M.D., MBA, President and CEO of Finger Lakes Health. Morgan has over 17 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer in an acute care hospital and multi-hospital settings. He most recently worked for Brooks­-TLC Hospital System in Dunkirk,... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate
Last week a $175.5 billion spending bill was passed. Some lawmakers believe that bill, which was packed with a number of consequential pieces of legislation – is proposed that way intentionally by the majority. “This legislation simply wouldn’t pass in a traditional, up-and-down vote,” explained New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua). That said, it passed, and now... more

State warns about Equine Herpes Virus Type 1

State warns about Equine Herpes Virus Type 1
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is advising owners, boarders and riders to watch their horses closely for signs of Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1) after several cases of the virus were confirmed in horses boarded in Canton, St. Lawrence County and Geneseo, Livingston County. The virus is not a threat to humans, but people can... more

What’s next for legalizing marijuana in New York?

What’s next for legalizing marijuana in New York?
During his State of the State address in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the legalization of marijuana in New York one of his top priorities. "New York has to establish a regulated adult-use cannabis program," he vowed, saying the tax revenue would go to poor communities of color that have been disproportionally hurt by the criminalization of marijuana. But after... more

Focusing on mental health in Yates County

Focusing on mental health in Yates County
Seeking input on Mental Health Services in Yates County, the New York State Office of Mental Health held focus groups March 28 at Dundee Central School and Penn Yan Elementary School. But with very short notice, many who wished to were unable to attend. Hannah Dickinson, who has been active in community meetings about the potential closure of Soldiers &... more
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