Provides for the financing of emergency room facilities in two hospitals in each borough by the New York city health and hospitals corporation and requires representation on the board from each borough.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the New York city health and hospitals corporation act, in relation to the financing of acute care or emergency room facilities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide for the financing of emergency room facilities in two hospitals in each borough by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This legislation amends Section 6 of 1 of Chapter 1016 of the Laws of 1969 - the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Act - by adding a new subdivision 8 to provide that the corporation shall finance the operation of at least two acute care or emergency room facilities which are located in two separate hospitals in each borough within the city.
EXISTING LAW: THE NEW YORK CITY HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORPORATION ACT WAS CREATED BY CHAPTER 1016 OF THE LAWS OF 1969.
JUSTIFICATION: The New York City health and hospitals corporation act was adopted in 1969 and declared that "the provision and delivery of comprehensive care and treatment of the ill and infirm, both physical and mental, are of vital and paramount concern and essential to the protection and promotion of the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the State of New York and the City of New York." It further provided that the New York City health and hospital corporation should be created to provide such health and medical services and health facilities. That corporation currently has at least 20 facilities under its jurisdiction including: Kings County Hospital, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, and Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn; Harlem Hospital Center and Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan: Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital in the Bronx; as well as Elmhurst Hospital Center and Queens Hospital in Queens.
Staten Island is a borough of nearly 12 million people without a single NYC HHC hospital to meet the needs of the residents, as proclaimed by the intent of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation act. The private facilities on Staten Island cannot handle the burgeoning population on Staten Island without additional resources.
This legislation requires the City of New York to accept the responsibility it was charged with more than 35 years ago and has neglected to date: the care and treatment of the ill and infirm on Staten Island. It will require the City to provide funding for at least two hospital emergency rooms in each borough. The bill requires the City to merely provide the funding so that the City could pay the existing hospitals on Staten Island to help expand their emergency rooms to meet the needs of the people. It does not require the HHC to build two hospitals. The legislation also mandates that at least one of the members of the health and hospitals corporation reside in each Borough. While that is the current makeup of the Board, there is nothing currently in place to mandate such a common sense requirement.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: A62 - Died in Ways and Means; 2010: A.7404 - Died in Ways & Means; 2008: A.3380 - Held for Consideration in Ways & Means; 2006: A6289 - Died in Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2481 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 17, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the New York city health and hospitals corporation act, in relation to the financing of acute care or emergency room facili- ties THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 6 of section 1 of chapter 1016 of the laws of 1969, constituting the New York city health and hospitals corporation act, is amended by adding a new subdivision 8 to read as follows: 8. THE CORPORATION SHALL FINANCE THE OPERATION OF AT LEAST TWO ACUTE CARE OR EMERGENCY ROOM FACILITIES WHICH ARE LOCATED IN TWO SEPARATE HOSPITALS IN EACH BOROUGH WITHIN THE CITY. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 4 of section 1 of chapter 1016 of the laws of 1969, constituting the New York city health and hospitals corpo- ration act, is amended to read as follows: 1. A corporation, to be known as the "New York city health and hospi- tals corporation," is hereby created. Such corporation shall be a body corporate and politic constituting a public benefit corporation. It shall be administered by a board of directors consisting of sixteen members, constituted as follows: five directors shall be the administra- tor, the commissioner appointed by the mayor as chief administrative officer of the health functions of the administration, the director of community mental health services of the administration, the administra- tor of human resources of the city, and the deputy mayor-city adminis- trator of the city, or their successors, all serving ex-officio; ten directors shall be appointed by the mayor, five of whom shall be desig- nated by the city council of the city of New York AND SHALL INCLUDE A REPRESENTATIVE FROM EACH OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS; and the remaining direc- tor shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation. Such chief executive officer shall be chosen by the aforementioned fifteen direc-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00761-01-3 S. 2481 2
tors from persons other than themselves and shall serve at the pleasure of the board. The terms of the ten directors first appointed by the mayor, other than those serving ex-officio shall be as follows: Two shall serve for terms of one year each, one of whom shall have been designated by the city council; Two shall serve for terms of two years each, one of whom shall have been designated by the city council; Two shall serve for terms of three years each, one of whom shall have been designated by the city council; Two shall serve for terms of four years each, one of whom shall have been designated by the city council; Two shall serve for terms of five years each, one of whom shall have been designated by the city council; thereafter their successors shall serve for terms of five years each. The mayor shall fill any vacancy which may occur by reason of death, resignation or otherwise in a manner consistent with the original appointment. Directors may be removed by the mayor for cause, but not without an opportunity to be heard. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.