Advocacy for Healthcare

Oswego Health Opposes Staffing Ratios

Oswego Health opposes staffing ratio legislation to be considered in the next few months by New York State’s elected representatives, which would have a major impact upon Oswego Hospital and The Manor at Seneca Hill.

Legislation has been introduced (A.6571 and S.3691) this year that would impose minimum nurse to patient staffing ratios for health care providers across New York State. Mandated staffing ratios would not only impose a massive unfunded mandate, but are the wrong approach to staffing. They do not account for the unique patient population at each facility and the specific care teams that individual patients need.
In Summary:

The latest peer-reviewed studies have found no direct link between mandated nurse staffing ratios and improved patient outcomes.

Patient outcomes are improved primarily through the implementation of evidence-based practices to standardize care. Every hospital and health system in the state continues to aggressively invest in and implement a variety of patient care improvement strategies, including those comprising the New York State Partnership for Patients initiative.

Staffing ratios could cost New York’s hospitals and nursing homes about $3 billion annually, amounting to the largest ever unfunded health care mandate.

Hospitals and health systems already struggle under the cumulative impact of more than $27 billion in recent and anticipated cuts on the state and federal levels.

Please join Oswego Health in opposing this legislation by contacting the state elected representatives below. 


US Senator Charles E. Schumer
Room 313, Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

PO Box 7318, 100 Clinton St., Room 841
Syracuse, NY 13261

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
478 Russell
Washington, DC 20510

Syracuse/Central NY
James M. Hanley Federal Building
100 South Clinton Street, Room 1470
PO Box 7378
Syracuse, NY 13261
Tel. (315) 448-0470
Fax (315) 448-0476

U.S. Congressman John Katko
Syracuse, NY District Office
440 South Warren St.
7th Floor Suite 711
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 423-5657
Fax: (315) 423-5604

Auburn, NY Regional Office
71 Genesee St.
, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-4068
Fax: (315) 253-2435



48th District
Albany, New York 12248

Dullas State Office Building
317 Washington St.,
Watertown, NY 13601

State Assemblyman Will Barclay
District 124
Room 546 LOB
Albany, New York 12248
200 N. Second St.
Fulton, NY 13069

5176 State Route 233
P.O. Box 597
Westmoreland, NY 13490
District Office Directions
Albany Office
LOB 426
Albany, NY 12248
Albany Office Directions