Congressman Faso Visits Blythedale
Last week, Congressman John Faso (R-NY-19), and his wife, Mary Frances, visited Blythedale Children's Hospital to tour the Hospital with President & CEO Larry Levine and visit our inpatient units, therapy areas, and on-site school.
During the tour they had the opportunity to speak with clinicians about the Hospital's unique programming, and meet with parents from the Congressman's home district. These parents shared their individual stories about Blythedale, and expressed the importance of Medicaid.
"We are grateful to Congressman Faso for taking the time to come see firsthand how critically important our programs are to medically fragile children," said Levine.
"Taking care of CHIP was great, but 33 million kids are covered by Medicaid (as compared to CHIP, which covers nine million children). Kids get caught in the so-called Medicaid reform debate, but the fact is they account for almost half of all Medicaid beneficiaries yet represent only 20% of the expense. Spending time here at Blythedale - where 73% of our patients are covered by Medicaid - illustrates the urgency of this issue."
At left: Melanie, a parent of a medically fragile child, shares her concerns with Congressman Faso.
About Blythedale Children’s Hospital
As New York’s only freestanding, specialty children’s hospital, Blythedale is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with medical complexity, not only through superb multi-disciplinary patient care, but also through teaching, research, and advocacy programs. Blythedale’s board-certified physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff (social workers, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, Child Life specialists, etc.) and New York State’s largest hospital-based pediatric therapy department work together to provide intensive and innovative multi-disciplinary clinical and therapeutic care to help children achieve their medical and rehabilitative goals for independent living, and return to their communities. Blythedale is also the only Hospital in New York State with its own, on-site public school district.
For more information about Blythedale Children’s Hospital, visit www.blythedale.org.