Upstate News

October 8, 2003
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Sen. Clinton tours SUNY Upstate; offers support for children’s hospital and emergency preparedness center

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton offered her support for the Central New York Children’s Hospital and the Center for Emergency Preparedness during a visit to SUNY Upstate Medical University Tuesday, Oct. 7.

During her visit to campus Clinton received updates on the children’s hospital and emergency preparedness center plans from Thomas Welch, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics; and Richard Hunt, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. After the briefing, the senator embarked on a 30 minute tour of University Hospital.

Her walk through the hospital included visits to pediatric floors and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. On the pediatric oncology floor, Clinton stopped in the playroom to meet with patients and their families. The senator also toured the pediatric and adult emergency rooms.

Her visit concluded with remarks to about 100 people in a hospital auditorium. She congratulated the SUNY Upstate on the progress it was making in bringing a children’s hospital to Central New York and reflected on her successful campaign to bring a children’s hospital to Arkansas during her husband’s tenure as that state’s governor.

She reiterated her support for that project and offered support for the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Center for Emergency Preparedness.

She also spoke about the need for greater support for academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, noting that New York state has one of the largest academic medicine infrastructures in the country.

“We are grateful for Senator Clinton’s visit to SUNY Upstate Medical University,” said SUNY Upstate President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D. “It allows us to present our plans and concerns to the senator in our own backyard. It also enables us to show the senator firsthand the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff. SUNY Upstate’s relationship and the support it enjoys from its legislative delegation, whether it be at the federal, state or local level, is vital to our success.”

Plans for the children’s hospital, which would be housed on the top two floors of the six-story addition, call for 50 private patient rooms, family sleep and dining as well as playrooms and a family resource center among other amenities. The addition will increase the amount of space dedicated to pediatric medicine at University Hospital from 18,000 square feet to 87,000 square feet. It is part of the hospital’s $87 million vertical expansion.

The Center for Emergency Preparedness would assess and provide the community’s terrorism and disaster preparedness training needs while collaborating with governmental departments, professional organizations and private industry in providing a focal point for emergency preparedness resources. The center would also conduct research on emergency preparedness issues.

For more coverage and photos of the visit go to:
http://www.upstate.edu/events/events_clinton.shtml

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