News Release - Capital Region Health Care Leaders to Discuss Berger Commission Impact on Acute Care, at Rockefeller Institute Forum on May 1

For Immediate Release –

April 21, 2009

Media contact: Mark Marchand – (518) 443-5283 /

Capital Region Health Care Leaders to Discuss Berger Commission Impact on Acute Care, at Rockefeller Institute Forum on May 1

CEOs from Albany Medical Center, Northeast Health, and Ellis Hospital to Participate

Albany, N.Y. — Chief executives of three leading Capital Region health care organizations will participate in a Rockefeller Institute of Government Public Policy Forum on May 1, discussing the Berger Commission’s impact on acute care.

Speakers at the forum, which will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Institute’s facility at 411 State St., Albany, will be:

James J. Barba – president and CEO, Albany Medical Center

James W. Connolly – president and CEO, Ellis Hospital

James K. Reed, president and CEO, Northeast Health, will participate as a respondent.

Known as the Berger Commission and chaired by Odyssey Investment Partners Chairman Stephen Berger, the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century was a broad-based, nonpartisan panel created by former Gov. Pataki and the New York State Legislature to undertake a rational, independent review of health care capacity and resources in New York State. It was created to ensure that the regional and local supply of hospital and nursing home facilities is best configured to appropriately respond to community needs for high-quality, affordable, and accessible care, with meaningful efficiencies in delivery and financing that promote infrastructure stability.

The commission issued its final report on Nov. 26, 2006, unveiling a series of recommendations to restructure the hospital and nursing home systems in New York State and reduce excess capacity that plagues these industries. The commissioner of the New York State Department of Health was charged with overseeing implementation of the Commission’s recommendations. The acute care recommendations for the Capital Region included closing one hospital and merging two others.

To register to attend the event, write to Michele Charbonneau at the Rockefeller Institute at, or call 518-443-5258.

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