I had a “What’s Next” moment last Friday in New Rochelle, and In a good way. Technology crops up in the most unexpected places. I watched a robotic machine take a porcelain cube and turn it into a tooth in six minutes in Dr. Perler’s New Rochelle dental office.
[Dr. Perler in photo above with Cerec CAD/CAM technology tracing area of tooth needing replacement]Read more
The Solomon Katz Breast Center at Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is partnering with A & N Heating Oil of New Rochelle for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Jason Costa, Vice President and CEO, and Paul Fortuna, President and COO, of A & N Heating Oil approached Sound Shore Medical Center administrators with their desire to publicize Breast Cancer Awareness in the area and to name the Solomon Katz Breast Center as the recipient of their humanitarian efforts. So, during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the public will start seeing a non-traditional oil truck making deliveries.
A & N’s commitment includes not only painting one the company’s trucks pink and white – for its lifetime – and including a breast cancer awareness message, but also a portion of the proceeds from each gallon delivered by the Pink Truck will be donated to the Solomon Katz Breast Center at Sound Shore Medical Center. This partnership is just in time for the 2010 heating season. Anyone wishing to support A & N’s commitment to the Solomon Katz Breast Center by ordering heating oil from the pink and white truck can contact Mr. Costa at 914.637.0070.Read more
Oppenheimer Co-sponsored Bill Now Awaits Governor’s Approval
The New York State Legislature passed legislation protecting families and children affected by autism spectrum disorders from exorbitant healthcare costs. Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) was a key co-sponsor of the legislation (S7000B), which passed the Senate on June 9th, with unanimous, bipartisan support. Earlier this week, the Assembly passed the bill, which will now be sent to the Governor for his approval.
The bill would amend existing insurance and public health laws to require health insurance providers to cover the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. It mandates that policies provide coverage for autistic individuals throughout their lifetimes with no financial cap. The bill also provides clarity to consumers and insurers as to the extent of medical coverage. The State Commissioner of Health, in consultation with the Superintendent of Insurance and the Commissioners of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, would be responsible for identifying covered treatment and therapy options.Read more
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that a new state website has been launched to map incidences and types of cancer alongside nearby environmental facilities. The website is the outgrowth of legislation championed by Senator Oppenheimer, which requires the NY State Department of Health and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation to gather, monitor and map data for incidents of cancer throughout the state and to analyze whether there are environmental trends that should be investigated further by the medical community.
“The cancer mapping system will help to guide research in the State,” said Senator Oppenheimer, “by detecting cancer clusters that may or may not have an environmental connection. The Department of Health’s analysis of cancer anomalies should help to ease public fears, while identifying areas that are worthy of additional investigation.”Read more
Eyewitnesses reported that the ambulance had been seen at Planned Parenthood in recent weeks. Abortions are thought to be safe, but how safe are they? Eyewitnesses saw the ambulance at the site on Le Count Place. Here is the result of my Freedom of Information request:
"In response to your FOIL request regarding ambulance calls, please note that there were ambulance calls to 247 North Avenue on the dates indicated below.
Due to the Health Information Privacy Act, it can merely be acknowledged that the calls did occur, as follows:
8/11/09 – 3:13 P. M.
8/20/09 8:56 A. M.
8/27/09 8:43 A. M."
Why were there three calls in such a short time period?Read more
Sat 8/15 -- Around New Rochelle today volunteers from Westchester Health Care Reform Task Force (WHTRCF) http://westchesterhealthcarereform.org/ and Organizing for America (OFA) http://www.barackobama.com/index.php were on a drive to gather signatures for their petition in support of President Obama’s Health Care initiative.
To find out more about the project we asked a volunteer named Ellen a few questions about her role.
Ellen attempts to gather a signature from a self-identified Mexican
The volunteers were organized by OFA through an email request. Asked if there was a preparatory meeting before the volunteers spread out across New Rochelle to gather signatures, Ellen, with a straw hat and walking shorts, looking, to me, like a retired schoolteacher, responded with, "we have a lot of meetings". Ellen indicated there were 10 or 12 others canvassing for signatures throughout the city. We saw another volunteer fitting a similar description at the north east corner of Main and North Ave., the crossroads of downtown New Rochelle.Read more