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Volunteering In Our Communities

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

After the holidays, many organizations have difficulty keeping volunteers; in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and in support of our communities, I have chosen to post a couple of volunteer websites in order to help make this year an even more productive year for us all.

One of my favorite local programs is New York Cares.  The flexibility of volunteer options is incredible.  Volunteers can plan ahead by signing up for events and programs, or if you are unable to plan ahead you can join a “hot project” in need of volunteers for the current week from their weekly email. You may contact New York Cares at:

www.newyorkcares.org

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Habitat for Humanity has volunteering and support opportunities throughout the world, and gives much needed relief to those impacted by homelessness. You can find your local chapter or support the international chapters of Habitat for Humanity by visiting their website at:

www.habitat.org

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There are so many great organizations for us to support.  Please feel free to leave a comment with information about your favorite volunteer organizations.  Thank you.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Categories: Advocacy, Volunteer

Request Investigations: Hospitals, Doctors, Nurses, etc.

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

As many of you know our healthcare system is in shambles.  If you have an issue or concern regarding hospitals, doctors, nurses, ambulatory care, etc. in the USA you may request investigations or assistance by contacting the following agencies:

The Joint Commission: an independent not-for-profit organization accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.  http://www.jointcommission.org/

In addition, you may contact The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act), etc. http://www.cms.gov/

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For those of you in alternate states, you may want to use this information as a guide, contact your local elected officials, and/or local health dept.

The following is an update regarding how to request investigations involving hospitals, doctors, nurses, state agencies, etc. in the New York State Area.

If you need to investigate a NYS HOSPITAL regarding patient care, grievance or concern:

NYS Department of Health:
NYS DOH
Hospital Program, 15th Floor
90 Church Ave.
New York, NY 10007
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/hospital/

Once an investigation has been processed you can request a “Statement of Deficiencies” and after a few weeks you should then request a “Plan of Corrections” through the Freedom of Information Legislation or FOIL.  Please email FOIL@Health.state.ny.us with your request.

If you need to investigate a NYS DOCTOR regarding patient care, grievance or concern:
Office of Professional Medical Conduct
212-417-4900
800-442-8106
800-663-6114
http://www.health.state.ny.us/professionals/doctors/conduct/contact.htm

If you need to investigate a NYS NURSE regarding patient care, grievance or concern:
NYS Education Dept.
212-951-6400
www.op.nysed.gov/discipline

Finally, if you have an issue with a NYS agency (such as the NYS DOH) please contact the Inspector General’s office at: 1-800-367-4448 or www.IG.state.ny.us

I hope this information is helpful in your quest for help.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if information has changed over time so I may update it for others who are in need of assistance.

The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
Herbert Spencer

Categories: Advocacy, Health