While lawmakers across Upstate New York were quick to criticize Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to move ventilators from hospitals across the region to those battling the pandemic downstate – officials with one of the region’s largest healthcare providers is ready to help.
Lara Turbide is vice president of community services for Finger Lakes Health. She spoke with the Finger Lakes Times about the order, not yet signed by Governor Cuomo.
“We take our responsibility to save lives to heart and provide for the health and well-being of our community, including the community of fellow New Yorkers that are in such desperate need,” Turbide told the Times. “We, as a health system, both hospitals, have prepared equipment to dispatch as requested.”
She’s hopeful that when there is a surge of cases locally – equipment will be spared to help hospital operations. Finger Lakes Health operates Geneva General and Soldier & Sailors hospitals.
“We are, of course, preparing for our own anticipated surge and expect that when it occurs, other hospitals will respond in kind,” Turbide told the Times. “We recognize that to effectively address this extraordinary circumstance, we all need to collaborate in unprecedented ways.”