SPHP in the News

Times Union: Health Care Vaccine Mandate Stays in N.Y. as Federal Public Health Emergency Ends

The Times Union interviewed Steven Hanks, M.D., president and CEO for St. Peter’s Health Partners and St. Joseph’s Health, for its article on the end of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency. In response to the federal action, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says it will soon lift the vaccine mandate for government-funded hospital and nursing homes. In New York state, the Department of Health says it is currently reviewing next steps regarding its vaccine mandate, which currently remains in effect. From the article: But local health care executives say it’s also time to soften the state vaccine requirements — which do not have an expiration date, but can be amended — so they can rehire staff and ease shortages. St. Peter’s Health Partners, which lost about 500 employees when the mandate went into effect, has heard from a number of former workers interested in returning to their jobs, according to hospital President & CEO Dr. Steven D. Hanks. “We do know that there are a certain number of them who would come back to the workplace […]


SPHP Marks the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency by Recognizing the System’s Monoclonal Antibody Clinic

St. Peter’s Health Partners’ monoclonal antibody clinic treated nearly 9,000 of the sickest and most at-risk patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in doing so saved the lives of hundreds of Capital Region residents. On May 11, the clinic’s director, Dr. Melissa Fiorini, and her clinic colleagues were recognized for their life-saving efforts during a special ceremony at the Albany Memorial Campus of Samaritan Hospital. […]