Attending (15): Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, April Dowd, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez, David Taylor, Ray Hannan, Rommel Tolentino, Charlie Foote, Stewart Wagner.
Guests (3): Robert Martiniano, Brenda Martiniano, Becky Raymond.
PROGRAM: “Understanding the State’s Health Workforce”
Peter Brown introduced Robert Martiniano, a Ph.D with the University at the SUNY School of Public Health and an adjunct instructor at The Sage Colleges.
Robert — who has been instrumental in working with Peter, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez to create the Hospital Stay Brochure our club has copyrighted and published online — works with the Center for Health Workforce Studies, which was established in 1996.
He outlined the main questions the Center asks to conduct its research: Who needs health care service, how many, and where are the needs? He said researchers then asked broader questions, among them: What do patients need? What are the best work force strategies to deliver these services?
Robert explained the Health Workforce Research Process, noting that at one point there was no real data listing of where non-hospital doctors were practicing, what their specialties were, etc., where many nurses were employed, and so on. A data bank had to be created to help in planning health care strategies.
Among other topics he touched on:
• The relatively large number of medical providers who do not accept Medicaid, and the fact that there are few incentives for them to do so. He laid that primarily to the huge paperwork demands.
• The fact that 45% of new physicians stay in New York State after completing their residencies, meaning we’re paying for their training so they can go elsewhere.
• Currently, there is a relative balance between supply and demand for registered nurses (RNs), with the demand slightly ahead. However, it is expected that the demand is expected to grow through 2025, especially in long-term care settings.
EASTER BASKET PROJECT — Bill Dowd announced that, for the second consecutive year, the club will participate in Circle of Mercy’s “Easter Baskets for Cate’s Kids” drive. We contributed a dozen baskets last year for needy children ages 1 to 12, but Bill said we have pledged 20 this year because of the sharp increase in the number of members we now have. As was the case last year, the club will pay for the baskets, filler grass, and clear wrap, while club members contribute items from a list to be e-mailed to everyone.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE — Debbie Rodriguez is working on reserving two dates for club volunteers to cook for guests at the Ronald McDonald House complex in Albany — one breakfast, one dinner. Details will be shared as we get closer to the dates.
SIMULATOR GOLF — A reminder that our next indoor event at Burden Lake Country Club will be Saturday, March 12. There is room for 12 four-person teams. We had eight teams at the recent tournament, and raised $3,200. Members are asked to participate in some fashion — golfing, volunteering to work a table, selling or buying golfing-booth sponsorships, distributing copies of the event flyer, etc.
ROTARY HOME COOKING — A few seats remain for the next three events in the series: February 27 at the Forth residence (2 seats left for a sauerbraten meal), March 19 at the Bailey residence (1 seat left for a French-inspired meal), and April 16 at the Dowd residence (2 seats left for a wines-and-small-plates fusion tasting event). Please make reservations directly with the hosts; first come, first served.
2 MEETINGS ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 — At the 7 a.m.breakfast meeting at the Greenbush YMCA, new SRC Rotarian Matt Smith will speak on “Sports Medicine Today.” At the 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s, the Y’s Yalitza Negron will speak on “Youth and Government, and Teen Acheivers Programs.”