145th Plenary Meeting Stony Brook University - January 25-27,2007
University Faculty Senate Bylaws
Resolved, that the Bylaws as amended at the last Senate Plenary meeting at Buffalo State College be accepted.
145-01-1 Passed without dissent
Resolution in Support of SUNY University Hospitals and Opposition to 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 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 Science 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 Science Centers.
The recommendation regarding 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 health care education, service and research in New York State and reaffirms its opposition to the privatization of SUNY hospitals.
145-02-1 Passed without dissent
Hospital and Nursing Home Closures
January 27, 2007