By Josh Brokaw When the Ithaca Plan drug policy was rolled out in February 2016, the one idea among its many recommendations that grabbed headlines nationwide was the idea of a supervised injection facility [SIF]. The idea of giving needle drug users a supervised place to inject heroin has been tried in many other countries, but never in the United States. The idea of a supervised injection facility “came to me as a very foreign concept,” Dr. William Klepack told the Tompkins County Health &…Continue Reading “Supervised Injection Facilities a Rational Response to Drug Problem, County Med Director Says”

Words & Photos by Josh Brokaw A group of about 20 people gathered along East Martin Luther King Jr. Street in front of the Gateway Commons this Friday, September 22, to register their protest against the Republican health care bill currently proposed in Congress by Senators Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (Louisiana). “The bill for health care is coming up again for a vote in the Senate,” said Rebecca Elgie, who’s worked on a proposal for single-payer health care with the Campaign for…Continue Reading “Ithacans Protest Proposed GOP Health Care Bill”

By Josh Brokaw The future of Ithaca Community Gardens is in question, again, since Cayuga Medical Center announced the purchase this June of the Route 13-facing Carpenter Business Park property that includes an option to buy the property on which the Gardens sit from the city. By spending $10 million to buy Carpenter Business Park from previous owner Maguire Family of Dealerships, Cayuga Medical won it away from competitor Guthrie Health, of Sayre, Pennsylvania*. What Cayuga Medical Center and developer partner Park Grove Realty LLC…Continue Reading “Ithaca Community Gardens Want to Stay, Cayuga Medical Says Go”

By Josh Brokaw Under a New York State law passed in 2010 and made effective by the state Department of Health in 2015, hospitals and nursing homes are required to disclose a certain number of “nursing quality indicators” for the previous 12 months whenever a request is made by any member of the public. This reporter has made two requests for this data to Cayuga Medical Center in the last year. The first was made in November 2016, with a response coming in December that…Continue Reading “Data: Cayuga Medical Center Nurse Staffing”

TruthSayers cartoonist Christine Finnigan submitted these notes and photographs from Representative Tom Reed’s visit to the Trumansburg fire hall on Saturday, June 3. If you have writing, photos, or video to share on meetings or other issues of public importance, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org. Words & Photos by Christine Finnigan Another exercise in futility trying to be heard at a Tom Reed town hall this morning in Trumansburg.  At 8:10, we arrived to find the room had reached capacity (180) already. The fire hall folks tried to…Continue Reading “Notes & Photos: Tom Reed in Trumansburg”

By Josh Brokaw Update, May 13: As one reader on social media have pointed out, this piece is “ridiculously biased.” This piece is not meant to be straight-ahead reporting – this piece is one reporter’s feeling about the situation at Cayuga Medical Center after doing months of reporting on issues there. Cayuga Health System – parent company of Cayuga Medical Center, Schuyler Medical Center, and Cayuga Medical Associates – celebrated National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week this second week of May. We know this…Continue Reading “A Happy “Screw You” From Cayuga Medical For National Nurses’ Week”

Anne Marshall came onto WRFI News on Tuesday, April 11, to speak with co-hosts Forrester Hammer and Josh Brokaw about returning to work via a judge’s injunction on April 3. Marshall spoke about the National Labor Relations Board trial that wrapped up last week, where it was alleged that Cayuga Medical Center fired her and another nurse for union activity, rather than not following a blood transfusion protocol. Marshall also spoke about getting the campaign for Cayuga Medical nurses to join SEIU 1199 back in…Continue Reading “Audio: Anne Marshall On Returning to Work and Organizing at Cayuga Medical”

By Josh Brokaw The second federal case in less than a year against Cayuga Medical Center for alleged labor law violations wrapped up on Tuesday, April 4. The trial started on January 9 and took 16 days of testimony broken up over four multiple-day stints. After a three week break in this National Labor Relations Board hearing, it resumed on Monday, April 3 – the same day fired nurse Anne Marshall went back to work under a federal injunction. Cayuga Medical presented its last two…Continue Reading “Dealing With the “Labor Organizing Threat:” Cayuga Medical Federal Trial Ends”

By Josh Brokaw The two Cayuga Medical Center nurses who were allegedly fired for their union organizing activity in October 2016 will be back at work in the hospital’s intensive care unit by this coming Monday. Truthsayers reported on February 23 that the National Labor Relations Board had filed an injunction in federal court to return Anne Marshall and Loran Lamb to their jobs, pending the results of an ongoing NLRB trial that’s entering its fourth week of testimony, spread out over three months. On…Continue Reading “Federal Judge: Cayuga Medical Must Put Fired Nurses Back to Work”

By Josh Brokaw A lawsuit has been filed against Cayuga Medical Center in the case of the 52-year-old man who died in the Emergency Department waiting room on January 19. The suit was filed on Monday, March 20 with the Supreme Court of Tompkins County, by Jeff DeFrancisco, a Syracuse attorney. The suit is filed for punitive damages on behalf of the estate of Lloyd Robert Phelps, and his brother and executor Allen Phelps. Rob Phelps, as he was known to family and friends, was…Continue Reading “Death in Cayuga Medical ER Waiting Room: Lawsuit Filed”