SUNY University Faculty Senate Resolution against the “Privatization of SUNY Hospitals”
The Governor's Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission, issued its report on November 28, 2006 recommending a series of hospital and nursing home closures and mergers across the state as a remedy for what "ails New York's healthcare system". As structured, this report became law effective January 1, 2007. More specifically, the commission recommended the following changes that will impact SUNY's engagement in the education of health professionals:
Since its foundation in February 1948, SUNY has maintained a longstanding commitment to serve the people of New York. The University Hospitals have been an integral part of the State University of New York since its inception. SUNY Health Sciences Centers provide training for a broad range of health professionals. SUNY fosters translational research via its integrated hospital and educational structure and trains PhD students in the biosciences.
New York State provides a substantial portion of healthcare to the indigent at SUNY allied hospitals and Health Sciences Centers.
The recommendation regar4ding SUNY Upstate Medical Center is a call for action beyond dialogue and does not address the University's longstanding and present commitment to public service, research and medical education. The Commission's deliberations did not adequately examine the impact of privatization of the University Hospitals on the delivery of healthcare and the training of healthcare professionals in New York State.
Be it resolved that the University Faculty Senate reaffirms SUNY's continued greater than 50-year commitment to public healthcare education, service, and research in New York State and reaffirms its opposition to the privatization of SUNY hospitals.
Endorsed by the University Senate at it’s May 5th, 2007 meeting.